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Lawsuit seeks to force Hawaii’s Medicaid program to cover ABA therapy

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Hawaii ABA Suit
The Hawaii Disability Rights Center and Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing filed a class action lawsuit against the state Department of Human Services last month, on the grounds that it is required under the Medicaid Act…
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Complaint seeks to enforce ACA’s anti-discrimination provision

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ACA anti-discrimination provisions tested
In the first major test of the Affordable Care Act’s anti-discrimination measures, two advocacy groups filed a complaint against four insurance companies with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on May 29. The complaint…
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Disability rights groups slam Ryan budget

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Ryan Budget Cuts
In what has become an annual ritual, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has released a budget proposing heavy cuts to health care and other social services, prompting a sharp rebuke from disability advocates. “The…
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Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Kirsten Haglund speaks out

Screenshot of Kirsten HaglundDid you know that February 23rd through March 1st is Eating Disorders Awareness Week? According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, eating disorders are “statistically the deadliest of all mental illnesses”. In the video below,…
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Court orders insurer to comply with mental health parity law

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Follow Mental Health Parity
A federal district court has blocked Regence Blue Shield from denying coverage of neurodevelopmental therapies to children over age 6, finding that the insurer’s policy of denying these services violates Washington state’s mental health parity law.…
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Kansas Medicaid privatization plan raises concerns

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Kansas privatizes home & community-based services
At the start of the new year, Kansas will hand over its Medicaid long-term disability services to the control of three for-profit national insurance companies, sparking fears from Medicaid recipients that their services will…
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Feds announce $150 million in grants to community health centers

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Community health centers funded
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $150 million in grants on November 7 to 236 community health centers nationwide. Starting in 2011, the HHS began an unprecedented five-year program to provide $11 billion
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Final rules released for mental health parity law

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Mental Health Parity Final Rules
After nearly five years, the Obama Administration announced final rules for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which prohibits insurers from providing mental health services to a lesser extent than services for…
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Disability activists protest shutdown

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Activists Storm D.C.
The government shutdown is already having a large impact on people with disabilities, sparking outrage by disability advocates, especially in response to attempts to block the Affordable Care Act from going into effect. On September 30, more…
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