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Save Money Follows the Person (MFP)! The Time to Act is Now!

Save Money Follows the Person (MFP)! The Time to Act is Now! Support the Empower Care Act - S 2227 & HR 5306.

Do you believe that people with disabilities ought to have a chance to live in their own homes instead of institutions?

Are you concerned that the numbers of individuals that have transitioned back home from nursing facilities and other institutions have plummeted since Money Follows the Person (MFP) ended in 10 States and growing.

Now is the time for YOU to take action to help other individuals with disabilities to live in their own homes and communities?

Read the full story on our Federal Issues News page

Social Security COLA Increase for 2019

The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits.)

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KanCare enrollment begins amid Amerigroup lawsuit, Kansans urged to compare new plans

Kansans who receive Medicaid services through Amerigroup can begin choosing a new plan for 2019 this month, even as a court challenge about the group’s contract is still pending.

Amerigroup sued the state this year after it wasn’t awarded one of the new contracts for Kansas’ privatized Medicaid program, KanCare. The company alleged that the bidding process was flawed and should be re-done.

That leaves uncertainty as to whether the 125,000 Kansans currently covered by Amerigroup should log on to the enrollment website and choose a different insurer or if they might have the option to stay with the Virginia-based company.

“The state has been, all along, proceeding like the lawsuit’s not even out there,” said Barb Conant, the co-director of a group for Kansans on Medicaid called the KanCare Advocates Network.

Read the full story on our State/Local Issues News page

Tenant Talk, Vol.8, issue 2


Editorial Board letter, The Chicago Freedom Movement, Fair Housing Act Overview and Challenges, Fair Housing By The Numbers, HUD Undermines Fair Housing, Disaster Recovery Efforts in Violation Of Fair Housing, The Impact of Nuisance and Crime Free Ordinances on Domestic Abuse Survivors, Southern Movement Blueprint Plan Action Created by the People for the People, Our Homes, Our Voices national housing week of action event highlights, Spotlight on Recent Local Organizing Victories, Update from Our Homes, Our Voices Housing Week of Action: Action Outside of HUD’s Office, Policy Update

Read the full story on our Housing News page

Expanding Housing Options in Your Community Webinar

Housing is such a persistent barrier to independence for so many people with disabilities. It often seems that no matter what we do to “find” housing, it just is not enough. Join us this September as we explore how Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs) can be involved in expanding housing options. We will share the policies that impact housing choice, identify funding sources for housing, and suggest collaboration strategies and partners that could lead to new housing opportunities in your community. This is the first of a series of trainings and resources that IL-NET will be offering on accessible, affordable, integrated housing.. ...

Link to the Webinar on our Housing News page

New to the TILRC Website:

Making Homes Visitable, This new guide from the KU Research & Training Center on 
Independent Living provides information about making homes visitable by people with mobility limitations and why it matters.

Recognizing Elder Abuse and Knowing Your Rights - This guide is an informational resource on how to recognize and combat elder abuse from the National Council for Aging Care.

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)


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.

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Disability Organizing Network (DOnetwork) Webinars

Attend Webinar on Advocating for Increased Accessibility with Additional HAVA Funds, June 14, 2018, 3PM CDT

WISE Webinar Series

Ticket to Work: Support on Your Journey to Financial Independence, June 27, 2018, 2-3:30pm

AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Transportation Facilities, July 12, 2018, 1:30pm CDT - This session will review the provisions for fixed guideway stations, intercity rail stations, and bus shelters along with some additional requirements established by the U S Department of Justice.

ILRU Webinars

An IL Conversation...Peer Support: The Bread and Butter of Independent Livin, August 14, 2018, 2 - 3:30pm CDT 


The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is looking for adults with disabilities to complete an online survey about getting and using health insurance and health care services. Whether you have private insurance, insurance from an employer, Medicaid, Medicare or no insurance please complete the survey. Take the CHRIL Survey on Health Reform & Disability.

Topeka Metro is conducting an online survey to gather public feedback about the direction of future transit plans. This brief interactive survey asks Topekans to share their priorities for services, routes, bus stop improvements, bus stop accessibility, and technology. The survey also includes an interactive map where current bus stops needing attention can be chosen. The survey can be accessed at

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) is seeking responses from people with disabilities to its updated Survey of User Needs (SUN). The SUN is the Wireless RERC's cornerstone survey on wireless technology use by people with disabilities. User responses will help designers and engineers, as well as, the wireless industry, government regulators, and other researchers make wireless technology more accessible and useful to people with all types of disabilities. The survey is available at



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