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Trump Administration Clears The Way For Medicaid Block Grants

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that states could request a change in the way the federal government pays its share of Medicaid expenses. Called the “total expense model,” it would replace the current funding system – the federal contribution is determined based on each state’s per capita income – with a capped federal grant. While proponents say a spending limit would promote innovation and efficiency, disability advocates and others warn the new model could lead to essential health care services being reduced or eliminated. Read More

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Dental Students Will Soon Be Trained To Care For Those With Special Needs

The Commission on Dental Accreditation approved new standards requiring all U.S. dental schools to train students in treating patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The change comes after a National Council on Disability report demonstrated this population was at greater risk of poor oral health and faces multiple barriers to accessing care, including dental worker training. Read More

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More States Requiring Insurers To Cover Developmental Disabilities

After the widespread success of state insurance mandates for autism treatment, a grassroots effort has been underway to do the same for other developmental disabilities. However, some advocates have cautioned that the process of enacting such legislation may inadvertently give insurance companies opportunities to undermine existing autism coverage. Read More

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Addressing Delaware’s opioid crisis

At a panel organized by Sen. Chris Coons and UD’s Partnership for Healthy Communities, speakers from law enforcement, public health and social services discussed ways to mitigate the opioid crisis, which in 2018 resulted in almost 400 deaths in Delaware. Several panelists pointed to state initiatives, including a collaboration between police and substance abuse treatment professionals, as examples of effective strategies. Read More

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Detained immigrants, groups sue ICE, DHS for inadequate medical care, disability accommodations

Immigrants with disabilities and medical conditions, along with two California immigrant-rights groups, have sued the federal government for failing to provide health care and disability accommodations at its 158 immigration detention facilities nationwide. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Government Accountability Office have repeatedly flagged immigration detention contractors’ poor performance in these areas. Read More

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Home health aides care for the elderly. Who will care for them?

Although home health aide is one of the fastest-growing jobs, the position is excluded from federal labor laws and therefore aides are not guaranteed minimum wage, overtime pay, workplace safety protections, injury compensation or collective bargaining rights. However, groups such as the National Domestic Workers Alliance are advocating for policy changes at the city, state and federal levels. Read More

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Blunt Rochester holds roundtable on high price of diabetes drugs

Delaware Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester hosted a roundtable discussion about lowering the cost of insulin and other medications. She said some ideas mentioned, such as capping out-of-pocket costs, already have bipartisan support. Currently 85,000 Delawareans have diabetes, almost half of whom are seniors or people with disabilities. Read More

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[Commentary] Raising tobacco sales age to 21 will protect Delaware’s future

Karyl Rattay, the director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, writes that Delaware’s new law raising to 21 the legal age to buy tobacco and vape products will help reduce negative health outcomes caused by “the leading cause of preventable death and disability in Delaware and the United States.” The legislation was introduced by Sen. Bryan Townsend and signed by Gov. Carney in April. Read More

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Trump signs law improving disaster planning for those with disabilities

President Trump signed into law a bill creating a national advisory committee focused on disaster planning for those with disabilities. Comprised of government officials, health care professionals and people with disabilities, the committee will review federal policies and make recommendations to ensure people with disabilities are properly factored in disaster planning. Read More

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House Votes To Renew Program Helping People Leave Institutions

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would fund Money Follows the Person, a Medicaid program that assists people who live in institutions make the transition back to community living. The bill would allot $450 million per year for four-and-a-half years. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. Read More

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