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Class Action Denied in Lawsuit for Kids Placed in Nursing Homes
A federal judge has rejected arguments that a lawsuit challenging Florida's placement of severely disabled children in nursing homes should be a class action - but left open … read more about the news article, "Class Action Denied in Lawsuit for Kids Placed in Nursing Homes"
Posted on: 9-27-13

Members of Long Term Care Commission Release Alternative Report and Recommendations to Fulfill Commission´s Congressional Mandate
For Immediate Release: September 23, 2013 Washington, DC - Five members of the Commission on Long Term Care issued an alternative report today outlining and … read more about the news article, "Members of Long Term Care Commission Release Alternative Report and Recommendations to Fulfill Commission´s Congressional Mandate"
Posted on: 9-24-13

DOL to Extend Fair Pay to Home Care Workers
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that it will end the exemption of home care workers from basic wage protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act … read more about the news article, "DOL to Extend Fair Pay to Home Care Workers"
Posted on: 9-20-13

Statement by Henry Claypool, Executive Vice President of AAPD, on federal Commission on Long-Term Care
September 18, 2013 | AAPD Press Team. Washington, DC - Henry Claypool, Executive Vice President of AAPD, released the following statement in reaction to the final … read more about the news article, "Statement by Henry Claypool, Executive Vice President of AAPD, on federal Commission on Long-Term Care"
Posted on: 9-19-13

State Settles Lawsuit, Agrees to Provide More Services to Mentally Ill Youth
SEATTLE - Tina Fricke is one of 10 children who filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of Washington; the suit represented thousands of young people in the state who … read more about the news article, "State Settles Lawsuit, Agrees to Provide More Services to Mentally Ill Youth "
Posted on: 9-17-13

Hearing Held for Kids with Disabilities in Nursing Home
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Attorneys asked a federal judge Friday to grant class-action status to a lawsuit that says the state is unnecessarily institutionalizing about 200 … read more about the news article, "Hearing Held for Kids with Disabilities in Nursing Home"
Posted on: 9-17-13

Divided Congressional Long Term Care Panel Will Urge Modest Reforms, Deadlocks on Financing
A divided congressional long-term care commission has adopted a package of recommendations aimed at improving the nation's long-term supports and services. However, while a … read more about the news article, "Divided Congressional Long Term Care Panel Will Urge Modest Reforms, Deadlocks on Financing"
Posted on: 9-17-13

Report on Future of Long-Term Care in California released
The leading edge of the baby-boom generation is beginning to flood California's long term care system. And the population of residents 65 and older is projected to triple by … read more about the news article, "Report on Future of Long-Term Care in California released"
Posted on: 8-23-13

Ending Medicaid´s "Institutional Bias"
As evidenced at a recent hearing of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care, broad support is building: It's time to end Medicaid's "institutional bias." It's not rational … read more about the news article, "Ending Medicaid´s "Institutional Bias""
Posted on: 8-22-13

Disability Rights Advocates Demand a say in Changes to Illinois Home Services Program
Roughly 10 years ago, Fran Madnick spent four years in a nursing home. She said "it was not living", adding that she would rather live on the street than go back. "I … read more about the news article, "Disability Rights Advocates Demand a say in Changes to Illinois Home Services Program"
Posted on: 8-19-13

Ending Long Battle, Cuomo Agrees to Plan to House Mentally Ill
The administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has agreed to give 4,000 people with mental illnesses who have been kept in institutional homes in New York City the opportunity to … read more about the news article, "Ending Long Battle, Cuomo Agrees to Plan to House Mentally Ill"
Posted on: 8-13-13

LTC commission meets for marathon hearing, receives public comments
The Congressional Commission on Long-Term Care convened for its third hearing last week, focusing on how Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care insurance interact, and potential … read more about the news article, "LTC commission meets for marathon hearing, receives public comments"
Posted on: 8-13-13

Report Finds Home Health Care Workers Earning Poverty Wages.
The majority of the city's home health care aides are earning poverty or near poverty wages, according to a new report from the health care advocacy coalition Alliance for a … read more about the news article, "Report Finds Home Health Care Workers Earning Poverty Wages."
Posted on: 8-13-13

PHI Testifies Before National Long-Term Care Commission
PHI Government Affairs Director Carol Regan spoke about the need for Congress to address direct-care workforce issues during her testimony before the National Commission on … read more about the news article, "PHI Testifies Before National Long-Term Care Commission"
Posted on: 7-25-13

New York Governor Agrees to Plan to House People with Mental Illnesses
The administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo agreed on Tuesday to give 4,000 people with mental illnesses who have been kept in institutional homes in New York City the … read more about the news article, "New York Governor Agrees to Plan to House People with Mental Illnesses"
Posted on: 7-25-13

Feds Sue Florida over Warehousing Kids with Disabilities in Nursing Homes
MIAMI, July 2013 -- The U.S. Justice Department have filed a lawsuit against Florida, accusing the state of unnecessarily institutionalizing about 200 disabled children in … read more about the news article, "Feds Sue Florida over Warehousing Kids with Disabilities in Nursing Homes "
Posted on: 7-25-13

ADA´s Promise of Integration is Not Being Met for Many Americans with Disabilities
A Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee report unveiled today by Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) revealed that 14 years later, many states are failing to … read more about the news article, "ADA´s Promise of Integration is Not Being Met for Many Americans with Disabilities"
Posted on: 7-18-13

National Council on Disability Sends Recommendations to Long Term Care Commission
Bruce A. Chernof, MD President and Chief Executive Officer The SCAN Foundation 3800 Kilroy Airport Way Suite 400 Long Beach, CA 90814 Dear Dr. … read more about the news article, "National Council on Disability Sends Recommendations to Long Term Care Commission"
Posted on: 7-05-13

Advocates Urge More Government Oversight Of Medicaid Managed Care
When the federal government recently gave Florida the green light to vastly expand its experiment with privatizing Medicaid, patient advocates quickly raised an … read more about the news article, "Advocates Urge More Government Oversight Of Medicaid Managed Care "
Posted on: 7-05-13

Study Links Financial Performance of Nursing Homes to Ethnicity of Residents
Nursing homes with a high proportion of black residents tend to underperform financially, according to recently published research that raises difficult questions about … read more about the news article, "Study Links Financial Performance of Nursing Homes to Ethnicity of Residents"
Posted on: 7-05-13

14th Anniversary of U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead Decision
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Statement on 14th Anniversary of U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead Decision The opportunity to live in a home of one's choosing has tremendous … read more about the news article, "14th Anniversary of U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead Decision"
Posted on: 7-03-13

PAS Center Researcher Carrie Graham on National Medicaid Managed Care Panel
On June 25th the Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured hosted a public briefing to provide information on recent transitions from fee-for-service … read more about the news article, "PAS Center Researcher Carrie Graham on National Medicaid Managed Care Panel"
Posted on: 6-17-13

Federal Commission on Long-Term Care Names Bruce A. Chernof as Chair, Mark Warshawsky as Vice-Chair
Washington, DC- The newly created federal Commission on Long-Term Care has elected a Chair and Vice Chair, and has scheduled its first meeting for June 27th. Bruce A. Chernof, … read more about the news article, "Federal Commission on Long-Term Care Names Bruce A. Chernof as Chair, Mark Warshawsky as Vice-Chair"
Posted on: 6-17-13

PAS Center researcher Carrie Graham on National Medicaid Managed Care Panel
Briefing: Medicaid Managed Care in the Era of Health Reform Amid increasing state and national interest in using managed care delivery models for Medicaid beneficiaries, the … read more about the news article, "PAS Center researcher Carrie Graham on National Medicaid Managed Care Panel"
Posted on: 6-14-13

Hartford Foundation Trustees award PHI
The Hartford Foundation Trustees awarded Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (also known as PHI) a $1.6 million, four-year grant to Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute … read more about the news article, "Hartford Foundation Trustees award PHI"
Posted on: 6-14-13

2013 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer´s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards
Through a grant to FCA's National Center on Caregiving from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, three awards of $20,000 each will be given to organizations to … read more about the news article, "2013 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer´s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards"
Posted on: 6-11-13

Federal Officials Call For Expanded Community Living Options
Federal officials are urging housing providers across the country to do more to help people with disabilities find affordable places to live in their … read more about the news article, "Federal Officials Call For Expanded Community Living Options"
Posted on: 6-07-13

Federal court temporarily halts transfer of Murray Center residents to the community
CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago has agreed to enter a temporary restraining order to halt the movement of residents out of the state-operated Warren G. Murray … read more about the news article, "Federal court temporarily halts transfer of Murray Center residents to the community "
Posted on: 6-07-13

CMS release guidance on managed long-term services and supports.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have released guidance concerning managed long-term services and supports, entitled Long Term Services and Supports … read more about the news article, "CMS release guidance on managed long-term services and supports."
Posted on: 6-03-13

When Nursing Homes Are No Longer The Last Stop For Patients
Two years ago, Dorothy Holmes, then 75, was in the cozy pink bathroom of her mobile home getting ready to shower when she fell. It's the type of accident that's pervasive among … read more about the news article, "When Nursing Homes Are No Longer The Last Stop For Patients"
Posted on: 5-31-13

Group home residents facing possible crisis again
Raleigh, N.C. — Residents of group homes for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled could find themselves without somewhere to live come July 1, a repeat of a … read more about the news article, "Group home residents facing possible crisis again"
Posted on: 5-31-13

National Council on Disability Offers Analysis of Medicaid Block Grants and Self-Direction
BALTIMORE, MD — The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that advises the President, Administration, Congress, and other federal agencies … read more about the news article, "National Council on Disability Offers Analysis of Medicaid Block Grants and Self-Direction"
Posted on: 5-23-13

California´s Proposed Budget to Limit In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Workers Hours
From CDCAN. SACRAMENTO, CA. The Brown Administration will propose budget related legislation – known as budget trailer bill language – that reportedly will … read more about the news article, "California´s Proposed Budget to Limit In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Workers Hours"
Posted on: 5-20-13

Three New Health Reform Plans Ignore the Long-Term Care Needs of Seniors and People with Disabilities
In the past few weeks, no fewer than three highly respected groups have proposed major health care reforms. They all promise greater use of patient-centered integrated care, … read more about the news article, "Three New Health Reform Plans Ignore the Long-Term Care Needs of Seniors and People with Disabilities"
Posted on: 5-20-13

Federal Authorities Say Storm Plans for People with Disabilities Are Inadequate.
New York City is in violation of federal law because its emergency management plans "do not adequately protect the rights of individuals with disabilities," federal authorities … read more about the news article, "Federal Authorities Say Storm Plans for People with Disabilities Are Inadequate."
Posted on: 5-20-13

Federal Appeals Court Dismisses Appeal of Preliminary Injunction in North Carolina Medicaid Class Action
RICHMOND, Va.---A federal Appeals Court on Friday dismissed a challenge to a lower court ruling in a Medicaid class-action suit against North Carolina, finding that the … read more about the news article, "Federal Appeals Court Dismisses Appeal of Preliminary Injunction in North Carolina Medicaid Class Action"
Posted on: 5-13-13

Protesters rally at Capitol over proposal to put developmental disability services under KanCare.
TOPEKA – Hundreds of Kansans with developmental disabilities and their supporters rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday in an effort to pressure the Legislature to leave … read more about the news article, "Protesters rally at Capitol over proposal to put developmental disability services under KanCare."
Posted on: 5-10-13

Obama Administration Mulls Rule To Give Home Health Aides Better Wages
As a home health aide, Nicole Fletcher, 40, provides personal assistance to the elderly, people with disabilities and those living with chronic conditions in their own homes. … read more about the news article, "Obama Administration Mulls Rule To Give Home Health Aides Better Wages"
Posted on: 5-06-13

Disability Advocates, Nursing Home Industry Battle for Health Care Dollars for Aging, Disabled
In 2010, Washington State's then-governor Christine Gregoire made a decision that could potentially affect the self-determination of thousands of people in her state: she … read more about the news article, "Disability Advocates, Nursing Home Industry Battle for Health Care Dollars for Aging, Disabled "
Posted on: 5-06-13

Radio show discusses the growing need for home health aides
WAMU radio in Washington DC aired a show on May 1 covering the growing demand for in-home health and personal aides for the elderly and persons with disabilities. The Diane … read more about the news article, "Radio show discusses the growing need for home health aides"
Posted on: 5-02-13

PCA Training Requirements Vary Significantly by State
A new PHI report offers the first-ever compilation of personal care aide (PCA) training standards for Medicaid programs from every state and Washington, DC. The … read more about the news article, "PCA Training Requirements Vary Significantly by State"
Posted on: 4-11-13

Notice About In–Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Settlement of IHSS Lawsuits
Below is a notice from the National Senior Citizens Law Center about the settlement of the Oster and Dominguez lawsuits to stop deep cuts in In–Home Supportive Services … read more about the news article, "Notice About In–Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Settlement of IHSS Lawsuits"
Posted on: 4-10-13

DOJ Moves to Intervene in Pending Class Action Lawsuit against the State of Oregon
The United States has moved to intervene in the class action lawsuit, Lane v. Kitzhaber, No. 12-cv-138 (D. Or.). The United States' complaint in intervention alleges that the … read more about the news article, "DOJ Moves to Intervene in Pending Class Action Lawsuit against the State of Oregon"
Posted on: 3-29-13

Amerasia Journal Releases First-ever Issue on Disabilities
Amerasia Journal has just announced the publication of "The State of Illness and Disability in Asian America," their first issue entirely devoted to Disabilities Studies. … read more about the news article, "Amerasia Journal Releases First-ever Issue on Disabilities"
Posted on: 3-27-13

Settlement of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Lawsuit will Prevent Devastating Cuts to Californian Home Care Services
Seniors and People with Disabilities Will Continue to Receive IHSS without interruption; Settlement Creates a Pathway for Full Restoration of all IHSS Cuts Lawyers … read more about the news article, "Settlement of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Lawsuit will Prevent Devastating Cuts to Californian Home Care Services "
Posted on: 3-27-13

Briefing: What´s The State Of LTC Financing - And What Are The Options For The Future?
On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, experts convened at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C for a briefing hosted by The SCAN Foundation on the key issues affecting the … read more about the news article, "Briefing: What´s The State Of LTC Financing - And What Are The Options For The Future?"
Posted on: 3-27-13

New York Officials Testify No Specific Disaster Plans for People With Disabilities
A federal trial is continuing in the case of New Yorkers with disabilities, who say the city needs a protocol for evacuating them during disasters, such as … read more about the news article, "New York Officials Testify No Specific Disaster Plans for People With Disabilities "
Posted on: 3-27-13

New Study Suggests More Than One in Five Medical Practices Cannot Accommodate a Wheelchair-bound Patient
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Rachel Markley often feels uncomfortable when she goes to the doctor. A 22-year-old student at The Ohio State University in Columbus, she … read more about the news article, "New Study Suggests More Than One in Five Medical Practices Cannot Accommodate a Wheelchair-bound Patient"
Posted on: 3-25-13

NCD Recommends Ways to Implement Medicaid Managed Care Without Harming Americans with Disabilities
WASHINGTON, DC – With no end to the budget conflict in sight, the National Council on Disability (NCD )– an independent federal agency that advises the President, … read more about the news article, "NCD Recommends Ways to Implement Medicaid Managed Care Without Harming Americans with Disabilities"
Posted on: 3-25-13

Workers with a Disability Less Likely to be Employed, More Likely to Hold Jobs with Lower Earnings
Individuals with disabilities were less likely to be employed than individuals without disabilities, and those who were employed typically held jobs with lower earnings and … read more about the news article, "Workers with a Disability Less Likely to be Employed, More Likely to Hold Jobs with Lower Earnings"
Posted on: 3-19-13

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, DC – March 12th, 2013, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Henry Claypool – … read more about the news article, "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts"
Posted on: 3-19-13

America´s Fastest Growing Job Pays Poorly
The fastest growing job in America pays poorly. Meet home health care aides. These nearly 2 million (mostly minorities and women) workers do everything from prepare … read more about the news article, "America´s Fastest Growing Job Pays Poorly"
Posted on: 3-19-13

Seeking Stories From PAS Users Who Have Experienced Disasters
The Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute along with the Center for Personal Assistance Services at UC San Francisco is collecting emergency and disaster … read more about the news article, "Seeking Stories From PAS Users Who Have Experienced Disasters"
Posted on: 3-19-13

Florida Announces $36 Million For "Agency for Persons with Disabilities" Waiver Waiting List
Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott, surrounded by disability stakeholders in Miami, highlighted his Florida Families First 2013-2014 Budget, which provides $36 million in … read more about the news article, "Florida Announces $36 Million For "Agency for Persons with Disabilities" Waiver Waiting List"
Posted on: 3-12-13

Screening of "Not Home" Documentary with Talk by Filmmaker
Narcel Reedus's documentary "Not Home" will be shown on Tuesday March 19, 5pm, with a talk by the filmmaker, at UC Berkeley, Wheeler Auditorium. The documentary follows four … read more about the news article, "Screening of "Not Home" Documentary with Talk by Filmmaker"
Posted on: 3-12-13

Analysis of National LTSS spending
National Health Policy Forum recently released an analysis of the spending on the nation's long-term supports and services (LTSS), noting that in 2011, spending for these … read more about the news article, "Analysis of National LTSS spending "
Posted on: 3-11-13

Census Bureau Report Shows 30 Percent of Adults Receiving Government Assistance Have a Disability.
Among the 46.0 million adults who received income-based government assistance in 2011, 30.4 percent of them had a disability, according to a report released today from the U.S. … read more about the news article, "Census Bureau Report Shows 30 Percent of Adults Receiving Government Assistance Have a Disability."
Posted on: 3-07-13

Updated Work incentives Programs
If you are getting disability benefits and want to work, we have good news for you! Social Security's work incentives and Ticket to Work programs can help you get … read more about the news article, "Updated Work incentives Programs"
Posted on: 3-07-13

HHS Reaches Civil Rights Settlement With National Senior Care Provider
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into a settlement agreement with Genesis HealthCare (Genesis), one of the nation's … read more about the news article, "HHS Reaches Civil Rights Settlement With National Senior Care Provider"
Posted on: 3-07-13

Medicaid-funded Children´s Autism Waiver program deemed ´incredibly successful´
From the Billings Gazette. A Billings mother says a 4-year-old state-run program aimed at helping autistic children has been an "unbelievable blessing" to her family … read more about the news article, "Medicaid-funded Children´s Autism Waiver program deemed ´incredibly successful´"
Posted on: 3-05-13

TSF Briefing: What´s The State Of LTC Financing - And What Are The Options For The Future?
National experts will summarize the key issues affecting the nation's long-term care system-and offer new insights-at a March 20 discussion sponsored by The SCAN Foundation. … read more about the news article, "TSF Briefing: What´s The State Of LTC Financing - And What Are The Options For The Future?"
Posted on: 3-05-13

Plan to Close Virginia Institutions Worries Families Of People with Developmental Disabilities
On his bad days, Adam Bertman would crush light bulbs with his bare hands. He once launched the heavy lid of a toilet tank down the stairs, striking a caregiver. One … read more about the news article, "Plan to Close Virginia Institutions Worries Families Of People with Developmental Disabilities "
Posted on: 2-20-13

Wisconsin Nursing Homes Fail to Report Deaths, Injuries
By Sarah Karon - Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Richard Witt thought his wife was lucky. Over the course of 18 years, Kathy Witt was … read more about the news article, "Wisconsin Nursing Homes Fail to Report Deaths, Injuries"
Posted on: 2-20-13

New State Law Conceals Records of Abuse, Neglect in Nursing Homes
Joshua Wahl's life had never been easy. But he was happy, his mother said. Wahl has spina bifida, is brain damaged and paralyzed from the chest down. At age 32, he … read more about the news article, "New State Law Conceals Records of Abuse, Neglect in Nursing Homes "
Posted on: 2-20-13

Interview: Home Care Consumer Stevie Bass on Fair Wages for Home Care Workers
Stevie Bass's 31-year-old daughter has multiple disabilities and requires around-the-clock care from a team of nine home care aides. When it comes to choosing her home care … read more about the news article, "Interview: Home Care Consumer Stevie Bass on Fair Wages for Home Care Workers"
Posted on: 2-20-13

HUD And HHS Partner To Provide Permanent Housing And Services To Low-Income People With Disabilities
WASHINGTON – To prevent thousands of people with disabilities from experiencing homelessness or unnecessary institutionalization, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban … read more about the news article, "HUD And HHS Partner To Provide Permanent Housing And Services To Low-Income People With Disabilities"
Posted on: 2-20-13

Pelosi Appoints Three Health, Senior Care Leaders to Bipartisan Long-Term Care Commission
Washington, D.C. – February 6th, 2013. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed SCAN Foundation President Dr. Bruce Chernof, the Center for Medicare Advocacy's Executive … read more about the news article, "Pelosi Appoints Three Health, Senior Care Leaders to Bipartisan Long-Term Care Commission"
Posted on: 2-20-13

New York City Homecare Aide Training and Employment Initiative Launched
In collaboration with The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, UJA-Federation of New York, and additional key lead foundation supporters and organizations, PHI has launched … read more about the news article, "New York City Homecare Aide Training and Employment Initiative Launched"
Posted on: 2-15-13

Progress on Implementation of ACA Nursing Home Provisions Examined
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured released a report in January that examines the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) progress on the … read more about the news article, "Progress on Implementation of ACA Nursing Home Provisions Examined"
Posted on: 2-15-13

California Launches Rental Assistance Program for People With Disabilities
The state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced a new program to help move more Californians with disabilities out of long-term care facilities by offering rental … read more about the news article, "California Launches Rental Assistance Program for People With Disabilities"
Posted on: 2-13-13

President Appoints New Chairperson, Three New Members and One Returning Member to the National Council on Disability
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies … read more about the news article, "President Appoints New Chairperson, Three New Members and One Returning Member to the National Council on Disability"
Posted on: 2-08-13

Utah Citizens Discuss Medicaid with Lawmakers
SALT LAKE CITY — Citizens had the chance to tell Utah lawmakers what they think of the portion of the Affordable Care Act that expands Medicaid, which is the healthcare … read more about the news article, "Utah Citizens Discuss Medicaid with Lawmakers"
Posted on: 2-07-13

Home Care Aides Await Decision On New Labor Rules
Home health care aides are waiting to find out if they will be entitled to receive minimum wage. A decades-old amendment in labor law means that the workers, approximately 2.5 … read more about the news article, "Home Care Aides Await Decision On New Labor Rules"
Posted on: 2-07-13

President Obama Appoints Alice Wong for Administration Post
January 25th, 2013, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint, Alice Wong, a member of the Center for Personal Assistance Services, as a Member of the National … read more about the news article, "President Obama Appoints Alice Wong for Administration Post"
Posted on: 1-30-13

New Nursing Home Abuse Law in California
With reports of elder and nursing home abuse increasing across the state of California, a new law has been put in place mandating new ways for individuals to report the … read more about the news article, "New Nursing Home Abuse Law in California"
Posted on: 1-23-13

Florida Agency Implement Changes after Nursing Home Abuse Involving Children with Disabilities
Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration has launched an "enhanced care" program in response to scathing criticism about the treatment of hundreds of children with … read more about the news article, "Florida Agency Implement Changes after Nursing Home Abuse Involving Children with Disabilities "
Posted on: 1-23-13

Why a Young Man Died in a Nursing Home, a State Away From His Mom
Zach Sayne was 25 when he died earlier this month at the place that had been his home for 15 years - a children's nursing home in Alabama. But that was too far away, … read more about the news article, "Why a Young Man Died in a Nursing Home, a State Away From His Mom"
Posted on: 1-18-13

Aging Gays, Lesbians Find Challenges in Assisted-living Centers
Beverly Taylor, 81, and Edie Brown, 77, have been together for 37 years. The same-sex couple married in Canada in 2005. "Everybody hopes to age in place, but when … read more about the news article, "Aging Gays, Lesbians Find Challenges in Assisted-living Centers "
Posted on: 1-18-13

State Registries Saved Lives During Sandy, But Not in NYC
In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a registry that would allow disaster responders to know where to find people most urgently in need of aid. … read more about the news article, "State Registries Saved Lives During Sandy, But Not in NYC "
Posted on: 1-18-13

Fiscal Cliff Deal Repeals CLASS Act, Creates Long-Term Care Commission
The New Year's Day budget agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff includes two key measures that could be critical to people receiving long-term supports and services and their … read more about the news article, "Fiscal Cliff Deal Repeals CLASS Act, Creates Long-Term Care Commission"
Posted on: 1-09-13

Illinois Ranks Third for the Number of Times Nursing Home Payments Suspended
Illinois ranks third among states in the number of times federal officials suspended payments to a nursing home over serious deficiencies, according to federal data compiled by … read more about the news article, "Illinois Ranks Third for the Number of Times Nursing Home Payments Suspended"
Posted on: 1-09-13

California. Medi-Cal Patients Sue State Over Being Forced Into Managed Care
Advocates for low-income seniors and people with disabilities who rely on government-funded healthcare have sued California officials in Los Angeles Superior Court. They … read more about the news article, "California. Medi-Cal Patients Sue State Over Being Forced Into Managed Care"
Posted on: 1-09-13

Parents Fear Cutoff in Home Nursing Services
Hundreds of Illinois parents whose medically fragile and technology-dependent children receive skilled nursing services at home through a state-run program are anxiously … read more about the news article, "Parents Fear Cutoff in Home Nursing Services"
Posted on: 12-11-12

Federal Lawsuit Filed to Keep Person Being Forced Into an Institution
SACRAMENTO, Calif., December 4, 2012 - Against all odds, Pablo Carranza reached age 21 in September. He can only move one finger independently, but he uses it all day long to … read more about the news article, "Federal Lawsuit Filed to Keep Person Being Forced Into an Institution"
Posted on: 12-06-12

Home Care Workers Go Above and Beyond During Sandy
From PHI. Aides at the Bronx-based Cooperative Home Care Associates went above and beyond the call of duty to care for clients during Hurricane Sandy. Home … read more about the news article, "Home Care Workers Go Above and Beyond During Sandy"
Posted on: 12-04-12

Lawsuit targets nursing home management, state regulators
State regulators allow nursing home companies to siphon money away from patient care to pad corporate profits, alleges a lawsuit filed by a longtime foe of the … read more about the news article, "Lawsuit targets nursing home management, state regulators"
Posted on: 11-28-12

Parents With Disabilities Face Bias, Loss of Kids
Millions of Americans with disabilities have gained innumerable rights and opportunities since Congress passed landmark legislation on their behalf in 1990. And yet advocates … read more about the news article, "Parents With Disabilities Face Bias, Loss of Kids"
Posted on: 11-27-12

For New Yorkers With Disabilities, Effects From Hurricane Sandy to Linger For Months
By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer KENSINGTON – Winsome Williams knew she'd have to act fast when the floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy began pouring into … read more about the news article, "For New Yorkers With Disabilities, Effects From Hurricane Sandy to Linger For Months "
Posted on: 11-26-12

People with disabilities especially vulnerable in calamities such as hurricane Sandy
Evacuating during Hurricane Sandy was a nightmare for the able-bodied, but many New Yorkers with disabilities felt a frightening level of despair and … read more about the news article, "People with disabilities especially vulnerable in calamities such as hurricane Sandy"
Posted on: 11-26-12

Medicaid Personal-Care Programs Are Targets For Fraud, Investigators Say
Lax requirements for both caregivers and personal care recipients, along with poor state and federal oversight, have made the rapidly growing Medicaid personal-care programs an … read more about the news article, "Medicaid Personal-Care Programs Are Targets For Fraud, Investigators Say"
Posted on: 11-16-12

Office Of Inspector General Releases Porfolio Focusing On Personal Care Services
The Office of Inspector General has issued a portfolio entitled Personal Care Services: Trends, Vulnerabilities, and Recommendations for Improvement, which synthesizes 23 … read more about the news article, "Office Of Inspector General Releases Porfolio Focusing On Personal Care Services"
Posted on: 11-16-12

What Lies Ahead for Direct-Care Jobs Following the Re-election of President Obama
A message from Jodi Sturgeon, PHI President. With the election season behind us, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on the work ahead. The re-election of … read more about the news article, "What Lies Ahead for Direct-Care Jobs Following the Re-election of President Obama"
Posted on: 11-15-12

Jobless Rates High for Veterans With Disabilities
The number veterans with disabilities who are unemployed is much higher than the average for all Americans. Jobless rate for all veterans with disabilities: … read more about the news article, "Jobless Rates High for Veterans With Disabilities"
Posted on: 11-14-12

Veterans With Disabilities Face Tough Job Market in Bay Area and Beyond
For Jeremiah Gaches, walking out his front door seemed like too much most days, let alone holding a job. A retired Army sergeant, Gaches was struggling in civilian … read more about the news article, "Veterans With Disabilities Face Tough Job Market in Bay Area and Beyond"
Posted on: 11-14-12

One Out of Every Five Americans Enrolled in Medicaid
A record 70.4 million people were enrolled in the Medicaid health care program for the poor in fiscal year 2011, according to government figures provided to … read more about the news article, " One Out of Every Five Americans Enrolled in Medicaid"
Posted on: 11-14-12

Southern States Resisting Medicaid Expansion
From the Huffington Post. If you're poor and you live in the South, there's a good chance health care reform won't reach you. Intransigent Republican governors from … read more about the news article, "Southern States Resisting Medicaid Expansion"
Posted on: 11-14-12

Presidential Proclamation – November is National Family Caregivers Month
President Barack Obama has proclaimed November 2012 National Family Caregivers Month in honor of all caregivers across America who care for aging parents, spouses and partners, … read more about the news article, "Presidential Proclamation – November is National Family Caregivers Month"
Posted on: 11-05-12

New Caregiving-Related Survey of Mothers With Physical Disabilities Who Have Young Children
Through the Looking Glass and The National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families is conducting a national survey of mothers with physical disabilities who … read more about the news article, "New Caregiving-Related Survey of Mothers With Physical Disabilities Who Have Young Children"
Posted on: 11-05-12

Leadership Transition at the Center for Personal Assistance Services
After nine years, Charlene Harrington has stepped down as director and principal investigator of the Center for Personal Assistance Services, in order to devote more time to … read more about the news article, "Leadership Transition at the Center for Personal Assistance Services"
Posted on: 10-24-12

DOL launches virtual Workplace Flexibility Toolkit during National Disability Employment Awareness Month
The U.S. Department of Labor has launched its online Workplace Flexibility Toolkit to provide employees, job seekers, employers, policymakers and researchers with information, … read more about the news article, "DOL launches virtual Workplace Flexibility Toolkit during National Disability Employment Awareness Month"
Posted on: 10-22-12