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March 2021

 

 

AAPD Names Hearne Award Recipients

Through the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) recognizes emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy and dedication to the broader cross-disability community. Two individuals each receive $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions and $7,500 to further a new or existing initiative that increases the political and economic power of people with disabilities. The 2021 awards go to Elijah Armstrong and Noor Pervez.

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Advocates Urge Biden to Take Action

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Norris Cochran, two leading Medicare beneficiary advocacy organizations, the Medicare Rights Center and the Center for Medicare Advocacy, urged the Biden Administration to take action to strengthen Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. The letter asked for simplifying Medicare transitions during the COVID-19 public health emergency, enhancing Medicare outreach and enrollment strategies and increasing regulatory review efforts. Looming deadlines and unmet needs make these improvements urgent, the letter stated.

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Imparato Named To Biden Task Force

Andrew Imparato, executive director of Disability Rights California, DRC is one of 12 named as non-federal members of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, chaired by Marcella Nunez-Smith. The task force will provide recommendations for addressing health inequities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and for preventing such inequities in the future.

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Wheelchair Users Win Protections From DOH

A string of complaints from people with disabilities whose Medicaid insurance plans would not cover wheelchairs appropriate to their needs has led to new guidelines that took effect last month. For years, vague and conflicting language in New York State’s Medicaid law has encouraged insurance plans to refuse to pay for wheelchairs needed for use outside a person’s home, leaving many with disabilities stranded.

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Commissioner Calise


DOH Sets Guidelines


Imparato On Biden Team


Medical Care Bias


S.I. Lawsuit Filed


MTA Appoints Arroyo