Victory for People with Disabilities: Recovery Rebate Checks Automatically On The Way

Thanks to the advocacy of people with disabilities and their families and friends, the Treasury Department announced today that it would automatically issue Recovery Rebate payments to people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) via the method by which they usually receive their SSI benefits. This change ensures that people with disabilities on […]

Call To Action

Congress continues to deliberate continued aid towards the COVID-19 pandemic, talks have been underway regarding a stimulus 4 aid package. Through the National Council and their members, we are requesting an emergency appropriation of $38.5 billion for providers of mental health and addiction treatment services to be included in the next stimulus package considered by […]

Alabama Withdraws Discriminatory Ventilator Rationing Policy and Issues Directive About Non-Discrimination in Accessing Life-Saving Treatment

WASHINGTON – Today, in response to a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) by the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program (ADAP) and other disability rights advocates, the state of Alabama has withdrawn its discriminatory ventilator rationing policy and instructed hospitals across the state that they cannot […]

Electronic Claims Are Encouraged: Paper Claims Cannot Be Scanned At This Time

Due to Governor Whitmer Executive Order “Stay Home, Stay Safe” directive (Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19)) the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has suspended the ability to scan paper claims received by U.S. postal mail. Providers can submit HIPAA 837P,837I or 837D electronic claims to CHAMPS through a billing agent, through a batch […]

Large Coalition of National Disability and Health Advocacy Organizations Endorse Guidance on Preventing Disability Discrimination in COVID-19 Treatment Rationing

Today, the Center for Public Representation, The Arc of the United States, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, and Professor Samuel Bagenstos released critical guidance to states and healthcare providers about how to avoid discriminating against people with disabilities if rationing access to COVID-19 treatment […]

IMMEDIATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION NEEDED DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Direct care workers in the State of Michigan cannot work remotely and they face significant exposure to COVID – 19 during their workday.  They typically have the least vacation and sick time of anyone in the essential workforce. As you look at the resources the State is directing to the current public health crisis, please […]

The Census is Here: Are You Ready to Be Counted?

Did you receive a letter from the census and are wondering what it is and what you need to do? In 2020, it is easier than ever to complete your census from home. The census seeks to account for every individual living in the United States. But many people with disabilities are left out of […]

The Disability Community Must Once Again Show #WeAreEssential

By: Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy, The Arc Here we are again, fighting for our lives in Congressional negotiations – this time during a global pandemic. And the outcome will impact the services people with disabilities rely on, strain systems that provide those services, and may close down service providers all over the […]