Hagel orders Pentagon to buy new health records system, By Jeremy Herb and Carlo Muñoz, The Hill, May 22, 2013
New data reveal puzzling differences in hospital charges, By Tony Pugh and Alan Bavley, Kansas City Star, May 08, 2013
Legislation seeks more oversight of pharmacy compounding, By Mark Morris, Kansas City Star, May 05, 2013
Advocates Head To Court To Overturn Medicare Rules For Observation Care, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, May 03, 2013
What's Next In The Senate: In The Coming Weeks And After 2014, By Kaiser Health News, April 29, 2013
Translating veterans’ medical skills into nursing careers, From the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), April 29, 2013
HHS would increase rewards for reporting fraud to nearly $10 million, From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), April 24, 2013
Senate panel backs Obama nominee for Medicare/Medicaid chief, By David Morgan, Reuters, April 23, 2013
Health Insurance Actuaries In the Hot Seat On ‘Rate Shock’, By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News, April 18, 2013
Five Ways The President's Budget Would Change Medicare, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, April 15, 2013
'Remarkably Friendly' Hearing For Acting Medicare Chief, By Kaiser Health News, April 09, 2013
Cuts to cancer clinics put new pressure on Obama administration, By Sam Baker, The Hill, April 04, 2013
Fact/Fiction: Medicare Drug Rebates Would Kill Drugmakers’ Research and Development Budgets, By Donald Sjoerdsma, The Medicare NewsGroup, April 02, 2013
Confirmation hearing set for top healthcare nominee, By Sam Baker, The Hill, April 02, 2013
Talk of Medicare Changes Could Open Way to Budget Pact, By Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear, New York Times, March 28, 2013
Supreme Court urged to ban 'pay for delay' drug settlements, By Benjamin Goad, The Hill, March 25, 2013
Medical-Device Tax Repeal Faces Uphill Climb in Senate, By Kristina Peterson and Christopher Weaver, Wall Street Journal, March 22, 2013
At Health Law Anniversary, Even Bigger Changes Loom, By Kaiser Health News, March 21, 2013
States eye private insurance for Medicaid expansion enrollees, By Tami Luhby @CNNMoney, March 20, 2013
Supporters rally to defense of 'Obama phone' program, By Brendan Sasso, The Hill, March 16, 2013
Obama’s third day of lawmaker lunches focuses on tax, entitlement reform, Posted by Ed O'Keefe, Rosalind S. Helderman and Paul Kane, Post Politics (Washington Post), March 14, 2013
Democrats, Republicans Clash Over Health Care Savings, By Kaiser Health News, March 13, 2013
Veterans waiting longer for help with disability claims, By Chris Adams, McClatchy Newspapers, February 17, 2013
Uphill Road for Plan to Cut Government’s Drug Costs, By Katie Thomas and Robert Pear, New York Times, February 14, 2013
Feds recovered $4.2 billion from anti-fraud efforts, Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY, February 12, 2013
Obama rules out raising Medicare eligibility age to cut spending, By Roberta Rampton, Reuters, February 11, 2013
Grassley Calls For Senate Consideration Of Tavenner’s Nomination, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, February 07, 2013
Measure would strengthen mental health-care system, By Brady Dennis and Paul Kane, Washington Post, February 07, 2013
Home Care Aides Await Decision On New Labor Rules, By NPR Staff, February 03, 2013
Americans Want Deficit Addressed Without Medicare Cuts, Poll Finds, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, January 24, 2013
Medicaid Expansion May Be Key To Restoring State Mental Health Funding, By Michael Ollove, Stateline, January 18, 2013 (reprinted from Kaiser Health News)
Counting Health Care Changes In The 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal, By Kaiser Health News, January 02, 2013
Fiscal Cliff Deal Repeals CLASS Act, Creates Long-Term Care Commission, By Howard Gleckman, Forbes, January 01, 2013
Obama’s New Offer on Fiscal Crisis Could Lead to Deal, By Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, December 17, 2012
HHS Tells States It Will Not Fund Partial Medicaid Expansion, By Phil Galewitz and Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, December 10, 2012
How The 'Fiscal Cliff' Affects Health Care: Six Questions, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, December 04, 2012
Justice Dept. recovers record $5 billion under False Claims Act, By Peter Finn, Washington Post, December 04, 2012
Democrats talk tough on entitlements in fiscal cliff debate, By Manu Raju, Politico, November 27, 2012
Fiscal Cliff: What Is At Stake For Medicare And Medicaid?, By Kaiser Health News, November 15, 2012
Avoiding The 'Fiscal Cliff' Likely Means Changes In Medicare, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, November 13, 2012
Obama Win Boosts Health Law, But States Still Control Its Destiny, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, November 01, 2012
How The Health Law Might Be Changed By The Next President, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, November 01, 2012
Romney says he'll undo Obama healthcare reform on Day 1. Can he?, By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2012
Kaiser study: Medicare costs would have risen with premium supports, By Kathryn Smith, Politico, October 15, 2012
Fact check: Where the presidential campaigns stand on Medicare, By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times, October 11, 2012
Debate fact check: Analyzing health-care statements, By David Nather and Joanne Kenen, Politico, October 04, 2012
What's at Stake in the Candidates' Different Visions for Medicaid, By PBS Newshour, October 01, 2012
Cabinet officials signal crackdown on Medicare billing abuse, By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton, Center for Public Integrity, September 24, 2012
Medicaid could be scaled back sharply under GOP plans, By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2012
GOPers approve UN disabilities pact despite abortion concerns, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, July 30, 2012
Presidential Proclamation - Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2012, From the White House, July 26, 2012
U.S. busts $108 million black market in Medicaid drugs, By Basil Katz, Reuters, July 17, 2012
Health Care Ruling, Elections Dominate Governors’ Meeting, By Pamela M. Prah, Stateline, July 16, 2012
Disability Rights Activists Hail Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Decision, From ADAPT, June 28, 2012
Supreme Court health care ruling: Win-lose scenarios, By Josh Gerstein, Politico, June 28, 2012
Political Jockeying In Anticipation Of Supreme Court Ruling, By Kaiser Health News, June 20, 2012
In Health Care Ruling, Vast Implications for Medicaid, By Robert Pear, New York Times, June 15, 2012
White House, lawmakers prepare for Supreme Court ruling on Obama’s health-care law, By Sandhya Somashekhar and N.C. Aizenman, Washington Post, June 14, 2012
Kingsdale: 'People Are Aware That There Are Huge Problems', By Kaiser Health News, June 04, 2012
Medicaid payments to primary care doctors will rise under new regulation, By N.C. Aizenman, Washington Post, May 09, 2012
Federal Budget: Health Care Politics Trumps Policy, By Kaiser Health News, May 09, 2012
American Pain Foundation Shuts Down as Senators Launch Investigation of Prescription Narcotics, By Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, ProPublica, May 08, 2012
Abbott Laboratories agrees to $1.6 billion settlement over marketing of Depakote,By N.C. Aizenman, Washington Post, May 07, 2012
House Republicans target social cuts to shield military, By David Lawder, Reuters, May 07, 2012
Obama administration claims $42.8 billion in savings from health law bidding program, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, April 18, 2012
New Federal Agency Gives Boost To Disability Issues, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, April 17, 2012
Vigorous Questions On Severability, Medicaid On Final Day, By Kaiser Health News, March 29, 2012
Justices struggle with fate of health law if mandate goes, By Josh Gerstein and Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico, March 28, 2012
Health care reform: Coverage for sickest may hinge on court’s decision, By Jason Millman, Politico, March 27, 2012
Day 2: Justices Grill Obama Administration On Health Law, By Kaiser Health News, March 27, 2012
Health care reform: Individual mandate will not affect most Americans, By J. Lester Feder, Politico, March 26, 2012
Your Guide To What Happened At The Supreme Court, Day 1, By Kaiser Health News, March 26, 2012
At Heart of Health Law Clash, a 1942 Case of a Farmer’s Wheat, By Adam Liptak, New York Times, March 19, 2012
The Health Law And The Supreme Court: A Primer For The Upcoming Oral Arguments, By Stuart Taylor, Jr., Kaiser Health News, March 15, 2012
Some Republican governors wary of House GOP's Medicaid reform proposals, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, March 04, 2012
Doctors 'Disgruntled' And Frustrated By Looming Medicare Cuts, By Julie Rovner, National Public Radio (NPR), February 16, 2012
Tentative 'Doc Fix' Deal Would Cut Health Law’s Prevention Fund by $5B, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, February 15, 2012
Preview: The 'Very Big Deal' – SCOTUS Takes On The Health Law, By Kaiser Health News, February 15, 2012
Lawmakers reach tentative deal for doc-pay fix, aide says, By Jessica Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, February 15, 2012
Conservatives Sowed Idea of Health Care Mandate, Only to Spurn It Later, By Michael Cooper, New York Times, February 14, 2012
Budget includes familiar cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, By Sam Baker, The Hill, February 13, 2012
Justice Dept. to SCOTUS: Don't overturn entire law, By Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico, January 27, 2012
House GOP to offer health reform 'replace' plan after SCOTUS rules, By Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico, January 26, 2012
Obama Makes Only Modest Mention Of Health Care In State Of Union, By Kaiser Health News, January 25, 2012
U.S. to Force Drug Firms to Report Money Paid to Doctors, By Robert Pear, New York Times, January 16, 2012
Nearly 500 state lawmakers to press Supreme Court to uphold healthcare mandate, By Sam Baker, The Hill, January 11, 2012
Congress' Full 2012 Plate: The 'Doc Fix,' The Health Law And Automatic Cuts, By Jackie Judd, Kaiser Health News, January 04, 2012
27% Medicare pay cut to return March 1 unless Congress makes new deal, By David Glendinning, American Medical News, December, 27, 2011
Medicare 'doc fix' debate in Congress less predictable this year, By N.C. Aizenman, Washington Post, December 23, 2011
GOP Presidential Hopefuls: Where They Stand On Health Care, By Kaiser Health News, December 23, 2011
Senate, House Remain At Odds Over 'Doc Fix' Dilemma, By Kaiser Health News, December 20, 2011
House rebuffs Senate payroll tax cut extension, calls for conference, By Pete Kasperowicz and Amie Parnes, The Hill, December 20, 2011
Supreme Court sets health care arguments for March, By Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico, December 19, 2011
Extension of Tax Cut Stalls in House as G.O.P. Objects, By Jennifer Steinhauer , New York Times, December 18, 2011
Congress approves $10 million for Gulf War illness research, By Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY, December 18, 2011
Lawmakers Agree on Spending Bill, Avoiding Shutdown, By Jennifer Steinhauer and Robert Pear, New York Times, December 15, 2011
Congress Takes Up a Partisan Battle, Again, Over Spending, By Jennifer Steinhauer , New York Times, December 14, 2011
House approves payroll tax cut extension, with strings attached, By Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times, December 13, 2011
Disability Groups Urge Feds To Decide On Community Living, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, November 29,2011
What the Super Committee Failure Means for Senior Health Programs, By Howard Gleckman, Forbes, November 23, 2011
Health Programs Facing Cutbacks After Super Committee’s Failure, By Marilyn Werber Serafini and Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, November 21, 2011
Supreme Court’s planned review of health-care law shocks Medicaid advocates, By N.C. Aizenman, Washington Post, November 16, 2011
The Super Committee: Why Failure Is the Best Option, By Merrill Goozner, The Fiscal Times, November 15, 2011
Supreme Court puts healthcare law in campaign spotlight, By David Savage, Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2011
House Democrats' unity tested over CLASS Act repeal vote, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, November 13, 2011
Super Committee Republicans Offer Deal On Tax Revenues That Includes Medicare Changes, By Jackie Judd, Kaiser Health News, November 09, 2011
Insurers Seek to Avoid ‘Worst of All Worlds’ in Health-Care Case, By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg, November 03, 2011
AARP joins 50 groups opposing repeal of the long-term-care act, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, November 02, 2011
National Council on Disability Releases Federal 'State of the Union', From the National Council on Disability, November 01, 2011
Deficit Panel Is Warned That It Must Not Fail and Is Urged to Compromise, By Robert Pear, New York Times, November 01, 2011
Obama Tries to Speed Response to Shortages in Vital Medicines, By Gardiner Harris, New York Times, October 31, 2011
A Tweak To Health Law Would Eliminate Medicaid For Some, By Julie Rovner, National Public Radio (NPR), October 27, 2011
Health care reform review decision could come on Nov. 10, By Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico, October 26, 2011
GOP to pressure Obama to support repealing CLASS Act, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, October 25, 2011
Obama's health reform law rests with the Supreme Court, By David Nather, Politico, September 28, 2011
Supreme Court asked to review challenge to health reform law, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, September 28, 2011
US debt panel eyes dual Medicare/Medicaid patients, By Donna Smith, Reuters, September 28, 2011
Health reform lawsuit appears headed for Supreme Court, By Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico, September 26, 2011
Stow woman leads national fight to preserve Medicaid for disabled Americans, By Cheryl Powell, Akron Beacon Journal, September 23, 2011
Medicaid directors seek flexibility from supercommittee, By Sam Baker, The Hill, September 22, 2011
Wyden urges supercommittee to improve care coordination in Medicare and Medicaid, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, September 21, 2011
In Cuts to Health Programs, Experts See Difficult Task in Protecting Patients, By Robert Pear, New York Times, September 20, 2011
The Specifics: How Obama Plans To Cut Health Programs By $320 Billion, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, September 19, 2011
Appeals court shoots down Virginia's healthcare challenge, By Sam Baker, The Hill, September 08, 2011
Congress Returns, Seeking Consensus On ‘Super Committee’, By Jackie Judd, Kaiser Health News, August 31, 2011
GOP Presidential Hopefuls: Where They Stand On Health Care, By Kaiser Health News, August 25, 2011
NCIL Action Alert: Fight to Save Medicaid!, From the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), August 22, 2011
What the Debt Ceiling Bill Means for the IL Community!, From the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), August 10, 2011
FAQ: Debt Deal 'Super' Committee's Impact On Health Spending Explained, By Mary Agnes Carey and Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, August 03, 2011
Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell and the making of a debt deal, By Glenn Thrush & Carrie Budoff Brown & Manu Raju & John Bresnahan, Politico, August 02, 2011
Workforce Investment Act Update, From the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), August 01, 2011
Medicaid Untouched, Medicare Spared — For Now — In Debt Deal, By Jackie Judd, Kaiser Health News, August 01, 2011
Obama urges bipartisan compromise to raise debt ceiling, By Jennifer Epstein, Politico, July 29, 2011
Board Releases Rights-of-Way Guidelines for Public Comment, From the U. S. Access Board, July 26, 2011
Budget ax is poised as debt-ceiling deadline nears, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, July 25, 2011
Post-ABC poll: GOP too dug in on debt talks; public fears default consequences, By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen Washington Post, July 19, 2011
Dems' muddled message on Medicaid worries advocates, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, July 16, 2011
Eric Cantor, PhRMA fight drug discounts in debt deal, By Matt Dobias, Politico, June 29, 2011
Obama Says Debt Talks ‘Constructive,’ but Big Gaps Remain, By Mark Landler and Carl Hulse, New York Times, July 07, 2011
Health care law challenge goes before Court of Appeals, By Janet Zink, The Miami Herald, June 08, 2011
Medicare, Debt Ceiling Votes Put Lawmakers On Spot, By David Welna, National Public Radio (NPR), May 26, 2011
McConnell Looks to Biden Talks for Budget Compromise, By Joshua Miller, Roll Call, May 22, 2011
Why We Need Community Living Assistance Services & Supports (CLASS), By Guest Bloggers Sean Coffey & Tyler Stanley, J.D., Policy Specialists at Family Caregiver Alliance, Disability Blog, May 19, 2011
Coburn Exit Has Some Questioning Role Of Gang Of Six, From Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2011
As the Federal Government Hits Its Debt Limit, Lawmakers Spar Over Solution, By Jackie Calmes and Carl Hulse, New York Times, May 16, 2011
Obama asks GOP senators to help find compromise on spending and debt, By Lisa Mascaro and Cristi Parsons, Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2011
For conflicted Ryan constituent, budget debate about more than his own future, By Eli Saslow, Washington Post, April 23, 2011
Poll shows Americans oppose entitlement cuts to deal with debt problem, By Jon Cohen and Dan Balz, Washington Post, April 20, 2011
Congress Passes Budget Bill, but Some in G.O.P. Balk, By Jennifer Steinhauser, New York Times, April 14, 2011
Obama Hits Back At GOP Deficit Plan On Medicare, Medicaid, From Kaiser Health News, April 13, 2011
Budget Details Stir Republican Dissent Ahead of House Vote, By Carl Hulse, New York Times, April 13, 2011
Budget wars: Down to the wire, By David Rogers, Politico, April 05, 2011
Washington braces for shutdown amid budget impasse, By Andy Sullivan, Reuters, April 05, 2011
Medicare and Medicaid Get Squeezed in Ryan Plan, By Merrill Goozner, The Fiscal Times, April 04, 2011
Paul Ryan's $1 Trillion Plan to Slash and Burn Medicaid, By Suzy Khimm, Mother Jones, March 31, 2011
In Republicans' 2012 budget plan, Social Security gets a pass, By Erik Wasson, The Hill, March 30, 2011
Government Shutdown Grows Likelier, By Carol E. Lee And Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2011
Tax Benefits & Free Tax Preparation for Taxpayers with Disabilities, By Guest Blogger Richard Keeling, Senior Tax Analyst, Stakeholder Partnerships Education and Communications, Wage and Investment Division, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), DisabilityBlog, March 28, 2011
Shutdown fight about to get heated, By Carrie Budoff Brown & Jake Sherman, Politico, March 18, 2011
Republicans split, but House approves stopgap budget bill, By Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times, March 15, 2011
Resistance to second stopgap spending deal rises in Congress, By Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times, March 15, 2011
Justice Department’s New ADA Rules Go into Effect on March 15, 2011, From the U. S. Department of Justice, March 14, 2011
Serious Debate on the Budget Deficit Has Started, By Janet Hook and Naftali Bendavid, Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2011
Ryan says GOP ready to take on health programs, By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press, March 11, 2011
New continuing resolution in play as budget talks resume, By David Rogers, Politico, March 11, 2011
Reid signals Dems are ready to compromise on spending cuts, By Josiah Ryan, The Hill, March 10, 2011
House spending cuts go to Senate, By David Rogers, Politico, March 08, 2011
Boehner promises Obama GOP cover on entitlement reform, By Alexander Bolton, The Hill, March 03, 2011
Obama comes off sidelines on budget after Dems accept cuts, By Mike Lillis, The Hill, March 03, 2011
Poll Shows Budget-Cuts Dilemma, By Neil King Jr and Scott Greenberg, Wall Street Journal, March 03, 2011
Senate passes stopgap, setting up bigger spending fight with House, By Alexander Bolton, The Hill, March 02, 2011
Despite steep cuts, Reid says Senate Dems will pass House GOP plan, By Erik Wasson and Alexander Bolton, The Hill, March 01, 2011
Shedding Light on the Limitless World of Assistance Dogs, By Guest Blogger Kyria Henry, Founder, paws4people™, Disability Blog, February 25, 2011
Leapin' Lizards! Service Animals Are Multiplying Like Doggone Rabbits, By Ann Zimmerman, Wall Street Journal, February 24, 2011
A Third Judge Validates Health Care Overhaul Law, By Kevin Sack, New York Times, February 22, 2011
Medicaid fight shapes up as states deal with budget crunching, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, February 21, 2011
House pulls plug on health law funds, By David Nather, Politico, February 21, 2011
Medicare-Fraud Crackdown Corrals 114, By Mark Schoofs, Maurice Tamman And Brent Kendall, Wall Street Journal, February 18, 2011
House Proposal to Defund Health Reform Would Block Market Reforms, Cost-Containment Measures, and Coverage Improvements, By Edwin Park, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, February 17, 2011
Plan To Cut Heating Aid To Poor Draws Fire, By Tovia Smith, National Public Radio (NPR), February 16, 2011
U.S. Charges 20 With Medicare Fraud, By Drew Fitzgerald, Wall Street Journal, February 15, 2011
Obama Budget Brings Mixed Bag For People With Disabilities, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, February 14, 2010
New and Enhanced VA Benefits Provided to Caregivers of Veterans, From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, February 09, 2011
Health care fraud: Not a faceless crime any longer, By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press, February 05, 2011
Senate Rejects Repeal of Health Care Law, By David Herszenhorn, New York Times, February 02, 2011
Analysis: What Does Judge Vinson's Health Law Decision Mean?, By Kaiser Health News, January 31, 2011
Barack Obama fires up the health team, By Kate Nocera and Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico, January 28, 2011
House GOP considers privatizing Medicare, By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press, January 28, 2011
House Republicans punch reform again, By Kate Nocera and David Nather, Politico, January 27, 2011
Health gets little time, big reaction, By David Nather, Politico, January 25, 2011
U.S. recovers $4 billion from health-care fraud cases, By Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, January 24, 2011
Attacking the Health Law Tree, Branch By Branch, By Lexie Verdon, Bara Vaida and Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News, January 23, 2011
House Republicans offer own healthcare legislation, By Noam N. Levey and Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times, January 21, 2011
Health Care Repeal Fades as Centrists Take Stage, By Merrill Goozner, The Fiscal Times, January 19, 2011
Health care reform law back on House agenda for Tuesday, By Jake Sherman, Politico, January 13, 2011
Lawmakers Fight Over Cost Of Repeal, By Kaiser Health News, January 10, 2011
Republicans Schedule Health Law Repeal Vote, By Kaiser Health News, January 04, 2011
GOP Faces Uphill Climb To Undo Health Law, By Julie Rovner, National Public Radio (NPR), January 04, 2011
Nine Ways The New Health Law May Affect You in 2011, By Kaiser Health News Staff, January 03, 2011
Obama Signs Bill to Help 9/11 Workers, By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, January 02, 2011
Senate Passes 9/11 Health Bill as Republicans Back Down, By Raymond Hernandez, New York Times, December 22, 2010
House poised to vote on 9/11 healthcare bill, By Mike Lillis, The Hill, December 21, 2010
GOP lawmakers face criticism for opposing Sept. 11 responders bill, By Lisa Mascaro and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times, December 21, 2010
Pentagon Health Plan Won’t Cover Brain-Damage Therapy for Troops, By T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Daniel Zwerdling, NPR, December 20, 2010
Drug firms to pay more than $421 million to settle fraud charges, By Andrew Zajac, Los Angeles Times, December 08, 2010
Gregory Hlibok named chief of the FCC’s Disability Rights Office, From the Federal Communications Commission, November 16, 2010
Pat-Downs A Must For Some With Disabilities, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, November 23, 2010
Justice Department Makes the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design Available to Online Viewers Nationwide, From the US Department of Justice, November 15, 2010
Panel Seeks Social Security Cuts and Higher Taxes, By Jackie Calmes, New York Times, November 10, 2010
Meet the new members who will be joining the 112th Congress, From The Hill, November 04, 2010
GOP Seizes House; Democrats Keep Senate, By Scott Neuman and Todd Holzman, National Public Radio, November 03, 2010
Florida judge: Fight against insurance mandate can proceed, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, October 14, 2010
Obama Signs Bill Replacing ‘Mental Retardation’ With ‘Intellectual Disability’, By Michelle Diement, Disability Scoop, October 05, 2010
Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title II, From the US Department of Justice, September 15, 2010
Soldiers With Brain Trauma Denied Purple Hearts, Adding Insult to Injury, By T. Christian Miller, ProPublica and Daniel Zwerdling, NPR, September 08, 2010
Department of Justice Announces Plans to Prepare New ADA Regulations, By Department of Justice, July 23, 2010
Obama to Bypass Senate to Name Health Official, By Robert Pear, New York Times, July 06, 2010
The Community Choice Act (S. 683 & H.R. 1670): CCA would give individuals who receive Medicaid and who are eligible for nursing home services or other institutional care equal access to community-based services and supports.
Community First Choice (CFC) Medicaid State Option creates a new home and community-based service within the Medicaid state plan. There would be a 6% enhanced FMAP for states that select the CFC option to encourage them to break new ground and provide new, cost efficient methods of providing Medicaid long term services and supports.
The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act of 2007 (S 697 & H.R.3001) would establish a national long-term care insurance program to be financed by voluntary payroll deductions to provide benefits to adults who become severely functionally impaired. To qualify for benefits, individuals must be 18 years old and have contributed to the program at least 5 years. All working adults will be automatically enrolled in the program, unless they choose not to be.
Empowered at Home Act of 2008 (S 3327) would amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to improve the State plan amendment option for providing home and community-based services under the Medicaid program. The bill would improve the Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) state plan option by giving states more flexibility in determining eligibility and by increasing the services states can offer under the program. This is expected to create greater options for individuals in need of long-term services and supports. In return, states could no longer cap enrollment and services would have to be offered throughout the entire state. The bill also provides spousal impoverishment protections for the HCBS option; tax-related provisions to support caregivers and promote purchase of private long-term care insurance; and grants for states to invest in organizations and systems that can help to ensure a sufficient supply of workers, promote health and ensure more consumer-centered HCBS.
Help America Vote Act of 2002, Public Law 107-252 - HAVA requires state and local governments to make polling places accessible to voters with disabilities, including providing at least one voting system accessible to individuals with disabilities at each polling location, in a manner that provides the same opportunity for access and participation (including privacy and independence) as for other voters.
Testimony regarding H.R. 3582, The Fair Home Health Care Act of 2007, Provided by Mike Oxford, Executive Director, Topeka Independent Living Resource Center
The Medicare Independent Living Act (H.R. 1809) would significantly improve community access for Medicare beneficiaries with mobility impairments by removing a discriminatory restriction that bases the coverage of mobility devices solely on an individual’s mobility needs inside their home.
The National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 (H.R. 2895), would establish dedicated sources of funding for the production, preservation and rehabilitation of 1.5 million affordable homes over the next 10 years. At least 75% of the funds would be for housing for households that are extremely low income, earning less than 30% of an area’s median income.The provisions of this bill were enacted as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HR 3221).
Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007 (H.R.1424) would require equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans and prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment, and for other purposes.
Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (H.R. 4247) is a bill that will stop schools from restraining children, confining them in seclusion rooms, and using aversive interventions to harm them.
To contact your U.S. Senators or Representative go to the Congress.org Homepage and type your zip code in the box in the upper left-hand corner of the screen under the words "Write Your Officials". Just click on the arrow and you will be taken to a page with links to contact information for your Congressional delegation.
The Access Board or Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board develops minimum guidelines and requirements for standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), develops accessibility guidelines for telecommunications equipment and customer premises equipment under the Telecommunications Act, provides technical assistance on those guidelines, and enforces the Architectural Barriers Act.
ADA Accessibilty Guidelines (ADAAG), the ADAAG contains scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to buildings and facilities by individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. These scoping and technical requirements are to be applied during the design, construction, and alteration of buildings and facilities covered by titles II and III of the ADA to the extent required by regulations issued by Federal agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation, under the ADA. (printable PDF version)
The ADA Home Page is the definitive source for information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels. The ADA National Network consists of ten Regional ADA National Network Centers located throughout the United States that provides personalized, local assistance to ensure that the ADA is implemented wherever possible. The Network is not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA’s mission to “make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality.”
ArchiveADA serves as a comprehensive, online archive of documents and history related to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). Here you can find the text of the law, legislative history, congressional hearings, Supreme Court cases, federal regulations, policy and advocacy documents and additional information related to the passage of the original ADA and the ADAAA.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are the federal agency responsible for administering the Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments), and several other health-related programs.
The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section works to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).The Section also carries out responsibilities under Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Disability.gov is the federal government's one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) strives to increase home ownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal civil rights laws dealing with employment and provides oversight and coordination of all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is one of 10 modal administrations within the U.S. Department of Transportation. FTA administers federal funding to support a variety of locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems throughout the U.S., including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, streetcars, monorail, passenger ferry boats, inclined railways, and people movers.
The Job Accommodation Network or JAN, is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment options.
Medicare is a health insurance program for people age 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease.
Medicaid is a Federal/State entitlement program that pays for medical assistance for certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources.
The Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) understands the many challenges still facing individuals with disabilities and their families. Therefore, OSERS is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. OSERS supports programs that serve millions of children, youth and adults with disabilities.
The Social Security Administration pays retirement, disability and survivors benefits to workers and their families and administer the Supplemental Security Income program. We also issue Social Security numbers. See our Quick Guide to all Social Security services.
THOMAS is your one-stop resource for free access to federal legislative information.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program's Website is dedicated to providing information about veteran benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service to veterans, employers, and the general public.
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, This official online version of the standards brings together the information on the scoping and technical requirements for new construction and alterations resulting from the adoption of revised 2010 Standards in the final rules for Title II (28 CFR part 35) and Title III (28 CFR part 36) in one easy-to-access location. The webpage also includes guidance on the 2010 Standards from the revised regulations for Titles II and III. This explanatory information from the regulations addresses the scoping and technical provisions of the 2010 Standards.
ADA Update: A Primer for Small Businesses is a new U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division illustrated guide to help small business owners understand the new and updated requirements of the revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations that took effect on March 15, 2011.
JAN ADA Hot Links and Document Center links you to nearly every free publication on the ADA that is published by the federal government.
Disability Statistics Compendium, November 2012 (PDF) - The Disability Statistics Compendium is an annual publication of the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research containing statistics on people with disabilities and government programs that serve them. The Compendium is designed to serve as a reference guide to government publications which contain additional statistical information on people with disabilities. 2011 Disability Statistics Compendium (PDF)
Medicaid, the Budget, and Deficit Reduction: The Threat Continues by Families USA, August 2011 - This policy paper explains the threat to Medicaid posed by the debt ceiling compromise and urges advocates to speak up about the importance of Medicaid and the dangers of cutting the program.
National Disability Policy: A Progress Report, October 2011 - in this report, the National Council on Disability (NCD) assesses the current state of people with disabilities in America and how emerging trends and government policies are impacting the quality of their lives. The report offers a broad range of recommendations for reforms designed to enhance the independence and self-sufficiency of people with disabilities.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Summary by Kaiser Family Foundation, April 2010 - The summary of the new law, and changes made to the law by subsequent legislation, focuses on provisions to expand coverage, control health care costs, and improve health care delivery system.
Fact sheets on the Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title II (These final rules will take effect March 15, 2011):
Summary of Key Changes in Revised ADA Regulations - The Southeast ADA Center, one of ten regional resources in the DBTAC National Network of ADA Centers, has put together this summary of key changes about the revised and expanded regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that took effect on March 15, 2011.
Voters with Disabilities: More Polling Places Had No Potential Impediments Than in 2000, but Challenges Remain, GAO-09-685, June 2009 - This report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that access for voters with disabilities has improved since the 2000 election, but many problems remain.