Americans with disabilities lead thriving businesses, teach our children, and serve our Nation; they are innovators and pioneers of technology. In urban centers and rural communities, they carry forward our Nation's legacy of hard work, responsibility, and sacrifice, and their contributions strengthen our economy and remind us that all Americans deserve the opportunity to participate fully in society. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the Americans living with disabilities, including significant disabilities, who enrich our country, and we reaffirm the simple truth that each of us has something to give to the American story.
If you have a physical disability that’s preventing you from driving or riding in a car, or your physical disability is making it difficult for you to get around your home, you may have questions about how to continue leading an active life.
The Mobility Rodeo hosted by Kansas Truck Mobility on Friday, Oct. 3, in Wichita, helps you find the answers you’re looking for to live life independently. If you’re thinking about purchasing adaptive equipment, doing some home remodeling, or looking for ways to network with others with physical disabilities, the Mobility Rodeo is a good starting point to get the information you need.
Karen Barezinsky is looking for an answer to what she says is a simple question: Are the people who run the state’s Medicaid program planning to cut the supports she and her husband use to keep her son, Ray Santin, who’s paralyzed from his neck down, out of a nursing home?
“I can’t find out anything,” said Karen, 62, who lives in Scranton with her husband and son. “I leave messages with Ray’s case manager, but nobody calls me back.”
Karen is worried because she’s read news stories about Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Kari Bruffett warning legislators that a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Labor could cause reductions of in-home services for some people with disabilities and frail elders. That could send some of them to nursing homes, which typically are more expensive than community-based settings.
If you are on a KanCare waiver or know someone who is, and are concerned about the policies for Waiver programs, below are three Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services contacts.
A message is also provided for you to send a letter or email to these contacts.
Taxpayers who might qualify for an exemption from having qualifying health coverage and making a payment should review a new IRS publication for information about these exemptions.
The Affordable Care Act calls for each individual to have qualifying health insurance coverage for each month of the year, have an exemption, or make an individual shared responsibility payment when filing his or her federal income tax return.
WICHITA, Kan. -- This week in Kansas, twenty-two (22) businesses from across the state have joined forces to protect and preserve the future of self-direction for individuals with disabilities.
The newly formed Self Direction Care Providers of Kansas (SDCPK) recognizes and supports the right of individuals with disabilities in Kansas to live in the home and community of their choice.
Current federal regulations and their impact on our state are threatening the ability of people with disabilities to live and age in their own home. These new regulations jeopardize the right of people with disabilities to self-direct their in-home services, which includes choosing who they will hire and directing the services they need in order to remain in their own home and community.
Click here for a PDF copy of the flier at left.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced that as of January 1, 2015, home care workers would no longer be excluded from the Fair Labor Standards Act under the Companionship Exemption.
1. Direct Support Workers may no longer be allowed to work more than 40 hours in a week.
2. The number of customers that you work for could be restricted, so that you could only work for ONE customer.
3. DSW’s may no longer be allowed to work for more than one agency. For example, a person could no longer work for both SKIL and Windsor, or Windsor and RCIL. Or a person couldn’t work for SKIL and a nursing home.
4. Sleep cycle may be eliminated.
What DSWs and customers should do is to call the Department of Labor and ask them to delay the start of the new rules for 12 to 18 months. This will allow for disability advocates and other concerned people all across the nation to lobby and advocate so that these changes don’t take place.
NCIL Information Alert: Advocacy action steps for consumers & advocates regarding the new Labor Department Home Care Rules
The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a new regulation governing Home & Community Based Services for people with disabilities and seniors. This new rule will impact your state’s long-term care programs, particularly consumer-directed programs!
Advocates and consumers must be knowledgeable about this rule and actively advocate to ensure that your state implements this rule in a way that harms consumers and their workers the least, in order to avoid cuts to services, dismantling of programs that allow consumers to control their own services, or limiting the workers’ hours and earnings.
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