State readies KanCare information website; schedules listening session & webinar
TOPEKA -- The State of Kansas has begun posting to a dedicated web page the documents outlining implementation activities in preparation for the Jan. 1, 2013, launch of KanCare.
This information can be found at www.kancare.ks.gov/readiness_activities.htm.
National Family Caregivers Month: Because Caregivers Matter
Washington, DC (USA.gov/By Kathy Greenlee, Administrator, Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging, HHS)
What began as a celebration of family caregivers during the week of Thanksgiving in 1997 has grown into a month-long acknowledgement and celebration of family caregivers—those extraordinary people who make such a difference in the lives of their loved ones. Family caregivers provide more long-term care in our country than any other group, by far.
Medicaid enrollees to have KanCare packets by month's end
Topeka, Ks (Mike Shields/KHI News Service) - Assignments to a KanCare health plan are being mailed now at the rate of more than 10,000 per day to the state's Medicaid enrollees. According to Kari Bruffett, head of the Health Care Finance Division at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, all people in the Kansas Medicaid program, of which there are about 380,000, should have received their enrollment information by the end of November.
KHI News Service reports that in a telephone conference call with Medicaid service providers November 14th, Bruffett said "Our intention by the end of November is to have all those packets out and in the hands of people who need to make a choice about what KanCare plan they want to be enrolled in."
Berkeley, Ca – On Veterans Day, the World Institute on Disability (WID) launched www.Vets101.org offering veterans free career planning tools and information services. The website supports vets in taking command of life after military service. Tools help vets navigate the maze of information when making financial and career decisions. Since 2008, WID has been building Vets101 along with U.S. veterans, including wounded warriors, veterans with a disability, their friends and family members, and veterans service organizations.
Colyer, Disability Mentoring Day Committee earn state award
Lou Ann Colyer, a coordinator in SKIL’s Pittsburg branch office, was presented the 2012 Michael Lechner Advocacy Award from the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC) Nov. 13 during the Pittsburg Disability Mentoring Day festivities.
The award also was presented to the Pittsburg DMD Committee, of which Colyer is the coordinator, during a ceremony at Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt our 32nd President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), also known as FDR, was our 32nd President. He was an immensely popular public figure, being elected to the Presidency four consecutive times. He is still regarded as one of our nation’s greatest leaders. FDR led our nation through some of its greatest upheaval and distress. He came into office during the Great Depression and died still in office near the end of World War II.
But before he was President, at age 39, FDR contracted polio, causing him permanent paralysis from the waist down. Eleanor Roosevelt, his wife, would later say “Franklin's illness gave him strength and courage he had not had before. He had to think out the fundamentals of living and learn the greatest of all lessons -- infinite patience and never-ending persistence."
FDR did not display his physical disability to the world but rather made efforts to conceal his condition. While the public was somewhat aware of his battle with polio, they were in large part unaware of the extent of his disability. It was only ‘behind the scenes’ that FDR was seen as having any sort of ailment. Only two photographs exist (one pictured on the right), of him using a wheelchair, and only one video exists of his method of walking.
FDR was able to walk short distances with the help of metal braces (pictured on left), a cane, and a companion’s arm. But for the most part, FDR used a wheelchair, one in fact, that he custom designed to meet his needs, by converting a dining room chair into a wheelchair. He even included a built-in ash tray. FDR also drove his own car, as evidenced in numerous photos, using hand controls. His living quarters were also, of course, adapted for accessibility.
FDR is a towering American historical figure, and while his disability greatly affected his daily life, it only served to further strengthen his spirit for life as a whole.
- Weekly Advocacy Monitor
- Using a paint brush or a camera, Skip Smith is an advocate for SKIL
- My Home for the Holidays
- Help NCD Kick Off Our Online "Family Faces of Disability" Photo Album
- Notice of Stakeholder Meetings
- KanCare Calls
- To Matter, Your Right to Vote Requires Access and Voting Questionnaire
- Know Your Rights When You Vote November 6th
- Voting Accessibility Questionnaire
- New Information Resource Available for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities
- Pam Spohn
- Get Out to Vote
- KanCare Fact Sheet and Time Line
- NCD Wants to Hear About Your Voting Experiences!
- Breast Cancer Awareness
- Jim Kleinsorge
- Protecting the Right to Vote
- Help Make NCIL an Even Greater Non-Profit
- Stakeholder Meetings in six communities
- Children's Health Month
- Call for Award Nominations
- Social Security Announces 1.7% Benefit Increase for 2013
- New Internet Closed Captioning Requirements Now in Effect
- Disability Updates
- Medicare Open Enrollment
- Call for Applications
- CILs Receive an Increase in Federal Funding
- Information Alert: NCIL Response to OIG/RSA Report
- World Arthiritis Day
- Governor's Proclamation - Kansas Disability Employment Awareness Month
- Steve Lardy and Jim Zaleski Win Fishing Show Award
- Everybody Plays
- Unemployment Rate Dropped to 7.8 Percent in September
- KanCare Changes
- suitcase portable ramp
- Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging to Coordinate Aging and Disability Resource Centers
- SILCK Funded and Moving Forward
- CAP Releases New Mobile App
- National Disability Employment Awareness Month
- Rocking the Cradle Report
- Frank Sesno - Moderator of the National Forum on Disability Issues
- Take Action Now!
- NEW Voting Laws in Kansas
- Sue Hetrick - Co-Coordinator for National Forum on Disability Issues
- HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs News Bulletin
- Website for Young adults with Disabilities
- Disability Announcements
- Pittsburg SKIL Customer Appreciation Picnic 2012
- Candidates Speak at Pittsburg SKIL Picnic
- CRO Kick-off Event