NCIL Action Alert: Tell Congress to stop Medicare reform mistakes that impede access to wheelchair repairs!
Many Medicare beneficiaries’ access to mobility equipment and repairs is becoming increasingly challenged as a result of recent Medicare reform. In July 2013, Medicare introduced the Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program.
This program lowers the amount that Medicare pays for mobility equipment and limits who can supply and repair these items. As a result, access to repairs for integral mobility equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers is becoming increasingly limited.
Juddmo talks to Shari Coatney, CEO of SKIL, about Marty Wooten. Wooten was one of the founding mothers of SKIL Incorporated who recently passed away. Shari talks about what it was like working with Marty, and how she didn't back down when it came to the rights of individuals with disabilities. Shari shares how the spirit of Marty Wooten lives on.
Hear it Friday mornings on the SKILmedia Radio Network. Max FM 93.5, U-Rock 99.1 FM, Fox Sports 1340 AM, or Katy Country 1540 AM.
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Southeast Kansas Fishing Has No Boundaries will be hosting its 10th Annual Fishing Event for anglers with disabilities on June 21 at Big Hill Lake in Labette County.
The SEK chapter, chaired by Shari Coatney, is offering opportunities to help sponsor activities that will include breakfast, lunch and a cook-out at the end of the day.
The original concept was developed by Bobby Cammack, a fishing guide in Hayward, Wis. In 1986, he broke his leg and discovered he had trouble pursuing his passion of fishing. Two years later he hosted a fishing event designed to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the great outdoors.
If you are a person with a disability and you are unable to perform daily living activities, you may be on the Physically Disabled Waiting list for in home services.
This important message is from the State of Kansas. The waiting list for the Physical Disability Waiver is trying to contact you if you are on the Physical Disability Waiver waiting list. The State of Kansas has sent a letter to verify your information.
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services needs you to send new information NOW. To remain on the waiting list - you must submit a Verification Form. The HCBS Physically Disabled Waiver Wait List Verification form is available now on the SKIL website.
For assistance visit any local SKIL office.
You can also call 800-688 5616 for assistance.
There are three documents to the complete for the verification form.
A hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee began at 10:30 a.m. on H.R. 3717, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013”.
If passed, this bill would strip people with psychiatric disabilities of their rights and voice. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA), the bill sponsor, is using yesterday’s tragic shooting in Fort Hood, Texas, as political fodder to ram this bill through.
People with psychiatric disabilities have important contributions to make towards a sustainable mental health system, and entities that protect their rights, such as Protection & Advocacy Agencies, must not be stripped of federal funding that supports mental health rights legal advocacy.
Each year, people across the globe take time to recognize the millions of people living on the autism spectrum, including 1 out of every 68 American children. Americans with autism contribute to all aspects of society and are an essential thread in the diverse tapestry of our Nation. On World Autism Awareness Day, we offer our support and respect to all those on the autism spectrum.
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Marty Wooten, the founder of the SKIL Resource Center, passed away Wednesday, March 26.
"It is with a heavy heart that I am delivering the sad news that the founder of SKIL and the GREAT mission of we are all fighting, has passed away." SKIL Chief Executive Officer Shari Coatney said in an e-mail to the staff. "Marty Wooten -- a true advocate and a fighter with amazing strength -- passed away at her home in Fredonia."
Wooten (at left in the photo) along with her sister, Jeanette Pruitt (right), petitioned the state and began assisting people -- mainly in the Southeast Kansas area -- in 1992. Today, SKIL assists persons with disabilities and the elderly to live independently all across the state of Kansas -- through its headquarters in Parsons and seven other outreach offices.