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Big Tent Save Medicaid Rally and Press Conference

Tuesday, July 25th | 2PM | Kansas Capitol, Room 152-South, Topeka KS 66612


TILRC's 27th Americans with Disabilities Act Celebration

Garfield Park Shelter House,1600 NE Quincy | July 28th, 11am - 2pm

For more information contact Taylor Moore at 233-4572.

newspaper News of Interest


GOP health care bill collapses

... Trump quickly called on Republicans to simply repeal Obamacare and begin work on a new health care plan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would try to do so. ...

... The Kentucky Republican said he planned to hold a vote in the coming days to take up the House-passed bill to replace the 2010 health law and then call up an amendment to eliminate major parts of Obamacare, such as the Medicaid expansion, insurance subsidies and fines for the employer and individual mandates. ...

Read the full story on our Federal Issues News page

Report: ACA Repeal Would Send Native American Uninsured Rate Soaring

... The report, from the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says that proposed cuts to Medicaid and to the subsidies that reduce out-of-pockets costs for low-income individuals purchasing private insurance in the ACA marketplace would jeopardize the coverage of more than 300,000 Native Americans and Alaska Natives. 

The uninsured rate among Native Americans would climb by 27.4 percent in Kansas and 36.2 percent in Missouri, according to the report. ...

Read the full story on our Benefits News page

Topeka Metro to Host Public Meetings on Fall/Winter 2017-18 Updates

... Comments will also be accepted through Friday, July 21, 2017, in person at the Quincy Street Station (820 SE Quincy St.), via telephone at 785-783-7000, via fax at 785-354-8476, via website at www.topekametro.org, and via regular mail. ...

Read the full story on our Transportation News page

New to the TILRC Website:

Medicaid Cuts in House ACA Repeal Bill Would Limit Availability of Home- and Community-Based Services - This report explains why the House passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) plan to cap and cut federal Medicaid funding would likely jeopardize coverage and care for people who receive Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS).

Independent Living: Resources and Funding Strategies for Making Homes Accessible - This article from the MoneyGeek website provides an overview of how much some types of renovations cost, tips on where to find help to pay for remodeling projects and expert advice about what types of projects make sense.

Disability Integration Act (S 910) - This ground-breaking legislation will finally, truly support full implementation and compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ADA, Olmstead requirements that mandate effective home and community service and support alternatives to nursing facilities and other institutions. DIA requires both public and private providers of long term care to provide a home and community alternative to any institutional benefit. (DIA Summary)


LET US HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR INDEPENDENT LIVING GOALS!

If you are a TILRC consumer you may already know how we help people who want to transition from an institution, like a nursing facility, back into the community or how we help folks get the attendant care services they need through the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Programs, but you may not be aware of all the other ways we help people with disabilities maintain or increase their independence. Learn more about how our advocates can help you be more independent in many aspects of daily living.


Job Openings

ONLINE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

NCOA Center for Healthy Aging Webinar

Building Inclusive Programs to Serve Adults with Disabilities, July 18, 2017, 2-3:30pm CDT


Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinars

Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations, July 19, 2017, 2-3:30pm CT


Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series

Revised Section 508 Chapter 4 Hardware (including Mobile), July 25, 2017, 12pm


ADA Legal Series Webinars

Readily Achievable Barrier Removal Issues - focusing on small to mid-sized businesses, July 26, 2017, 1pm CDT


Accessibility Online Webinars

Surface Roughness and Rollability Research, August 03, 2017; 1:30pm CDT - This session will provide a refresher on requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards for courthouses and courtrooms.


POLICYMAKERS/RESEARCHERS NEED YOUR INPUT:

Research Participants being recruited by KU for a study on participation in volunteer activities by people with mobility-limiting impairments. For more information contact Alicia Sellon at aliciasellon@ku.edu, 785-864-4778.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) launched AirAccess30.org to collect stories from PVA members and the disability community about their air travel experiences. PVA is working with the broader disability community to bring attention to the successes and failures in air travel for passengers with disabilities. Please share your stories on the site and on social media with the hashtag #ACAA30.

Transportation Access and Experiences Survey -This survey which is designed to improve understanding of accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. Responses to the survey will be used to make improvements at regional and national levels.

Crutch User Survey - Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) are looking into ways to improve walking assistance provided by walking crutches in a grant from the National Science Foundation. To help better guide this research and make future crutches more effective and usable, they are asking crutch users for their help in completing a short survey about crutch use.

United Spinal Association Medicare Beneficiary Wheelchair Repair Survey - This survey is being done to gather information on the ability of Medicare beneficiaries to get timely repairs to their wheelchairs. The results will be shared with Medicare officials and policymakers

Wireless RERC Survey on Emergency Communications & People with Disabilities - This survey by the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center asks you to share some information about yourself, your experiences, and your preferences for communicating in emergencies. Your answers will be used to improve accessibility of emergency communications for people of all ages and abilities.

ITEM Coalition Survey on Access to Assistive Devices Under Medicare - The Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition is surveying Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities and chronic conditions to assess their experience accessing the devices they need to function independently in everyday life. ITEM is interested in getting feedback from individuals who access medical device and assistive technology in areas where Medicare has implemented a selective provider contracting program known as the DME Competitive Bidding Program, and comparing that feedback to individuals who use devices outside of those areas.

SABE Self Determination Survey - Tell SABE if your local or statewide self advocacy organization's activities help its members to be more self-determined.

SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD! - Help eliminate the use of the R-word in everyday speech.

ACTIVITY CODES FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANT SERVICES (T1019) IN THE MR/DD WAIVER AND PERSONAL SERVICES (S5126) IN THE PD AND TBI WAIVERS, (PDF Format) (Word Format)


ACTIVITY CODES FOR ATTENDANT CARE SERVICES LEVEL I, LEVEL II, AND SELF-DIRECTED IN THE FRAIL ELDERLY WAIVER, (PDF Format) (Word Format)

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