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  • Day in Washington Podcast #18 (Medicaid and Community Choice Act Hearing) | Day In Washington
    a number of the shortcomings of the current system and recognized a need for change In addition to the formal statement of the Chairman there were six witnesses with written testimony listed for the panel at the hearing representing a variety of groups and speaking on a number of different issues related to Medicaid and people with disabilities Considering the backgrounds of the committee members and the panelists there were some very different perspectives on what are the major concerns Medicaid and People with Disabilities is not a straightforward or simple topic and the breadth and diversity of the testimony provided by the panel of witnesses attests to that Diane Rowland of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured spoke about the history of Medicaid and its coverage of people with disabilities Reminding us that Medicaid provides a complex array of health services and supports that are not traditionally covered by other sources of insurance but needed to maintain function and independence She also pointed out that although Medicaid is principally recognized as a source of health insurance coverage for millions of low income children and parents the program has become the largest single source of health insurance and long term care for people with disabilities Julie Beckett represented Family Voices a national grassroots organization of families and friends Her testimony focused on the vulnerable population of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities Specifically access to Medicaid supported programs such as the Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment EPSDT program as more and more private insurers are unwilling to provide access to the types of care that children and youth with disabilities need Stephanie Thomas Co Director of the Institute for Disability Access represented ADAPT Obviously her focus was on the Community Choice Act She gave the example of 300 000 people with disabilities across the country who are literally trapped in nursing homes because of the inability to obtain services to allow them to live independently in the community She points out the success of Medicaid in helping millions of people with disabilities access desperately needed health services but also the institutional bias and the absurdities of the system The one that I found particularly amusing in a sad way was that the new Money Follows the Person demonstration program requires that an individual be in an institution FIRST before they can receive services ADAPT s written testimony also included heart wrenching testimony from individuals who had been trapped within the institutional system Celine Fortin with the ARC of New Jersey s comments were regarding CMS recent regulations that will have a devastating effect on the lives of people with disabilities particularly those with intellectual and other developmental disabilities The most recent three proposed reglations address case management and targeted case management services for people with disabilities the rehabilitative services option which I ve commented on in a previous podcast and school based services and transportation Ralph Gronefeld of ResCare s testimony discussed the importance of care

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  • Community Choice | Day In Washington | Page 2
    Podcast 9 The Community Choice Act Part 1 Analysis and History by Day Al Mohamed September 30 2007 2 Comments Day in Washington The Disability Policy Podcast explores and discusses various aspects of disability policy Each episode will cover a specific issue within disability and or a disability related news article These 8 10 minute podcasts offer an easy to understand introduction to disability policy and Read more ADAPT Chicago Protests and Community Choice Act by Day Al Mohamed September 15 2007 Comments Off on ADAPT Chicago Protests and Community Choice Act Read more Page 2 of 2 1 2 About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability policy blog podcast This site offers information and analysis of disability policy and politics from those who are in the midst of it Text of podcasts is available in the blog post If you have difficulty downloading the audio please right click and save it to your computer for playback If you have a topic that you think Day in Washington should discuss or if you are interested in guest podcasting please send us an email Follow Me on Social Media Search for Recent Posts DIW Podcast Education Loan Forgiveness and

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  • Lars Lindberg – Sweden’s Disability Policy (Day In Washington Podcast #36) | Day In Washington
    disability issues are treated now in the United States and a comparison between our way of anticipating policy and yours 1 56 An Introduction to Swedish Disability Policy Sweden I think that many Scandanavian in northern Europe we have quite a quite long tradition of a welfare system which means that you have a combination of a distribution of resources so usually it is quite easy to get support like health care personal assistance education and that kind of thing The way we have done so far is in Sweden is that we have a welfare policy where everybody must be included We have free education free health care and also free supports to stay at home with personal assistance You don t need to move to a nursing home or like that You can stay at home On the other hand we have been slower to implement anti discrimination legislation in Sweden like in the United States 3 03 Part 2 Employment Discrimination in Sweden versus the United States We have legislation that covers employment so if someone feels they are discriminated they can sue the employer but we have a system with an Ombudsman So either the trade union or the ombudsman who does this part of the legal process on behalf of the person who feels discriminated Then there can be negotiation Most of the cases there is a settlement between the Ombudsman and the employer So there are not many cases that come to the court The legislation has not been so developed the legal cases compared to the United States 4 05 Part 3 HISTORY OF SWEDEN S DISABILITY POLICY Disability policy in Sweden You can say the roots of disability policy for instance in employment started after the Second World War because of the lack of workforce Many of the things that were developed as methods for people with disabilities come from that time of the Second World War Then during during 60s there was more of a debate about integration and normalization You had institutions like in many other countries That was a debate about why should people with disabilities live in institutions This is not the normal way of life Then there was a discussion of shutting down the institutions The institutions were shut down in the 70s and 80s People with developmental disabilities from institutions today they live like everybody else either at home or in a small group or in a school together in an area where everybody else lives So there are no institutions left this is from this time During the 70s there was also another discussion of disability policy in Sweden There were demonstrations and so on from the disability movements There was also accessibility requirements too which would have elevators on houses and those kinds of things Also there was a discussion about education in schools and so on And then during the 90s in 1994 there was legislation about personal assistance that was endorsed that

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  • Economic Stimulus, Recovery and Disability – (Day in Washington Policy Update #33) | Day In Washington
    education In Health Care The legislation temporarily increases the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage or FMAP to states Medicaid is a federal state partnership and is the largest single source of health insurance and long term care for people with disabilities However because of fiscal shortfalls many states cannot continue to pay their share of Medicaid expenditures This FMAP increase puts an additional 87 billion into the federal portion of the collaboration to help states avoid cutting eligibility and services for beneficiaries Over the past year I spoken a lot about the harmful Medicaid regulations proposed by CMS and the temporary moratorium that successfully stopped but didn t eliminate those regulations That moratorium was scheduled to end in March of 2009 This law extends the moratorium on the harmful regulations related to Medicaid targeted case management school based administration and transportation services and hospital outpatient services until the end of June It also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to not issue finalized regulations on Medicaid rehabilitative services In addition the language includes 1 billion for new prevention and wellness programs to fight preventable diseases and conditions with evidence based strategies What is so positive about this is that prevention and wellness programs tend to have a greater emphasis on community based services There is also 10 billion to conduct biomedical research in areas such as cancer Alzheimer s heart disease and stem cells Also important to note is that the stimulus package includes federal subsidies for health insurance premiums for up to 9 months under COBRA For many workers who lose their jobs maintaining health care can be difficult and the COBRA payments that would allow them to continue to use their previous employer s plan are expensive The 65 federal subsidy will significantly impact anyone who loses a job and either has a disability or a family member with a disability The compromise plan includes a 250 one time stimulus payment for SSI recipients In Education There was a very large investment that is specifically for special education investment 12 2 billion The Part B Individuals with Disabilities Education Act IDEA grants to states provision will receive 11 3 billion Part B relates to school age and preschool programs for children with disabilities Additional 400 million will go to special education pre school services This infusion of funds is more than double the usual expenditures on education and increases the Federal share of special education services to its highest level ever Obviously this is a huge bill that has a complex history and there is much more to detail involved To offer a little of that history let me point out that the passed compromise bill s funding for people with disabilities is lower than funding in the previously passed versions by both the House and the Senate In addition for the purposes of this podcast and to make sure my listeners also get some picture of the politics of this bill the House vote was 246

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  • ADA Restoration Act to the ADA Amendment Act | Day In Washington
    and civil rights organizations working diligently together in collaboration the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 was introduced as a replacement for the original H R 3195 Let me just say that anyone who has worked on compromise legislation will tell you negotiated bills generally tend to move forward faster and with wider support However they ARE a compromise which means all sides are equally unhappy But I also want to say it is a very rare and unique thing to see business and disability groups visiting congressional offices TOGETHER and BOTH sides strongly advocating for the same legislation As a result of these efforts the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 passed on the House floor with a vote of 402 to 17 A very impressive margin Now the action moves to the Senate Video Prior to the floor vote supporters of the legislation held a press conference Please see the video below My apologies for the lack of captioning I hope to have a transcript up within the next day Video courtesy of TheHillDotCom youtube http www youtube com watch v tswc6RXHkuI Tags ADA ADA Amendment Act ADA Restoration Americans with Disabilities Act congress disability Legislation policy Post navigation Day in Washington Podcast 27 Medicaid Moratorium Mentally Ill Woman Dies on Hospital Floor She had a name Esmin Green 4 comments for ADA Restoration Act to the ADA Amendment Act admin July 2 2008 at 12 20 am Video of the House debates on the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments H R 3195 Specifically rejecting the erroneous Supreme Court decisions that reduced the protections for people with disabilities under the ADA the bill is to restore original Congressional intent Video of Representative Jim Langevin Speaking in favor of the bill Pingback From the ADA Restoration Act to the ADA Amendments

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  • Hate Crimes Prevention Legislation Passes | Day In Washington
    now hae the ability to address those crimes that other jurisdictions are either unable or unwilling to investigate and prosecute Resources Day in Washington Podcast 2 Hate Crimes June 20 2007 Includes background information on hate crimes against people with disabilities An Advocate Speaks about the Expansion of Hate Crime Law From Disabled World com originally from Capital News 9 an interview with Friend of DIW Anita Cameron L A Times Editorial Narrow the Hate Crimes Act A perspective about why disability should NOT be included in hate crime legislation If you cannot access the editorial directly at the L A Times site above a copy of the editorial is also available at http www aapd com News legislature 071029lat htm Day in Washington 13 Hate Crimes Update November 7 2007 An additional resource on the history of this legislation Tags Crime disability discrimination esmin green hate crimes Legislation matthew shepard Post navigation Twitter Updates for 2009 07 23 Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Statement from Former President George H W Bush About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability policy blog podcast This site offers information and analysis of disability policy and politics from those who are in the midst of it Text of podcasts is available in the blog post If you have difficulty downloading the audio please right click and save it to your computer for playback If you have a topic that you think Day in Washington should discuss or if you are interested in guest podcasting please send us an email Follow Me on Social Media Search for Recent Posts DIW Podcast Education Loan Forgiveness and Disability Or why we need S 2800 the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act DIW Podcast Bradley Lomax Revolutionary Black Nationalism and Disability Power DIW Podcast

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  • Day in Washington Podcast #21 (Suicide Bombers with Disabilities – Redux) | Day In Washington
    had some skepticism about his claims in October 2007 just 3 months after my podcast National Public Radio NPR covered this issue following up on Dr Yadgari s claims Anecdotal evidence does show reports of individuals who would be vulnerable to the influence of such suggestions such as the disaffected the marginalized the poor and people with disabilities being approached for the role of suicide bomber However subsequent studies of suicide attackers backgrounds have not shown such a correlation Regardless on February 2nd the story of suicide bombers with disabilities made front page news According to Iraqi government officials two mentally disabled women were strapped with explosives and sent into the busy Friday weekend Baghdad markets where they were blown up by remote control An aide said that people referred to the bomber at central Baghdad s al Ghazl market as the crazy woman and that the bomber at a second market had an unspecified birth disability What makes this particularly heinous is that these women were unaware of plans to detonate the explosives Whether that is due to their disability or simply ignorance it is something that is horrific and anathema not only to Western sensibilities but very much goes against the rhetoric put forward even by those who seek to support the idea of suicide attacks Faisal Bodi a muslim journalist wrote in The Guardian that in the Muslim world then we celebrate what we call the martyr bombers To us they are heroes defending the things we hold sacred Polls in the Middle East show 75 of people in favour of martyr bombings The earlier stories spoke of organizations seeking out people with disabilities to become suicide bombers because of loss of ability to live a normal life As expressed by Firoz Ali Alizada who lost his legs to a land mine In a culture like ours disability and the possibility of being out on the street are equated with great shame A man who is married and has children is suddenly incapable of supporting and feeding his family He might find it easier to die But this new report is not of seeking volunteers but of actively using vulnerable members of a population Although originally reported that both women had Down Syndrome as the story progressed it was reported that the director of the Ibn Rushd psychiatric teaching hospital Dr Shalan al Abboudi said that one of the pet market bombers a 36 year old married woman had been treated there for schizophrenia and depression Because of growing up in the Middle East what I know is that these women did not live alone and I am sure were being cared for by someone and that for this to happen it would have needed the tacit approval of their caretaker My suspicion was proven correct when last week an article stated that a Baghdad mental hospital administrator had been arrested on suspicion of supplying mental patients to insurgents for use in suicide bombings Yesterday another suicide

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  • Day in Washington Podcast #20 (Law Enforcement and Disability – The Bigger Picture of the “Wheelchair Dumping” Controversy) | Day In Washington
    lack of understanding about disability but a callous and even dangerous disregard for individual difference This isn t just about the actions taken by Deputy Marshall Jones but also about the non actions taken by the other three officers present And brings up questions as to the training of law enforcement officers in how to accommodate people with disabilities It makes one wonder what would have been the outcome had this event not been recorded or had not the press become involved As it currently stands I have to ask who reported the incident What happened was a terrible event I ve seen the video posted on numerous disability sites and significant commentary from an outraged community and I would have to say we aren t outraged enough Mr Sterner was fortunate in that his assault was recorded and reported and the media took an interest But that is not the case in the majority of incidents where there is an intersection between disability and law enforcement Not so publicized yet just as heinous if not more so is what happened to Bill Trask a developmentally disabled man who after his time in the local jail has been left so traumatized that he is no longer independent at all Before he went to jail Trask had the mind of child but the physical abilities of a 41 year old man He participated year round in sports and competed in the Special Olympics and was gainfully employed as a dishwasher With his increasing independence he began challenging his mother with whom he lived One night he went to far and she was forced to call the police Arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge he was put in the local jail What then happened is painfully documented in hundreds of pages of jail records and hours of video tape It shows a man mentally falling apart and the officers just standing by Today Bill Trask is a different man He is completely dependent on the care of others To quote the article He spends his days in diapers in a wheelchair As stated by Sue Elliot of the ARC of Washington To check a box when somebody is urinating on themselves and putting their food down the drain and not drinking water and not intervening makes me angry because that s just something you d do for anybody But obviously not something you would do for someone with a disability Particularly a mental disability be it a cognitive intellectual or developmental disability or mental illness The same week law enforcement officers shot and killed Jason Swift a 30 year old man with emotional problems His mother Betty called the police after her son began talking to himself She said he had had what she described as a nonviolent nervous breakdown a few months earlier and she was calling 911 for help getting him to Butler Hospital a private psychiatric facility in Providence According to the police chief they received a call about

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