Dollars & Cents

Lawsuit Claims State Mismanaged Funds For Waiver Services

Thousands of people with disabilities have been forced to wait months and even years for community-based services because more than $1 billion went unspent, a federal lawsuit alleges.

Feds Offer Financial Advice For Caregivers

A new set of state-specific guides are on their way to help parents and caregivers tasked with managing money on behalf of those with disabilities.

Autism Costs Projected To Soar

This year alone, researchers estimate that the cost of caring for Americans with autism is $268 billion and the price tag is only going up.

Parents Of Grown Children With Disabilities Worry About Future

Even in a state with some of the best disability services, parents and providers are worried about what the future holds for a growing number of adults with developmental disabilities.

IRS Proposes Rules For New ABLE Accounts

Six months after a federal law paved the way for tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities, officials are providing details on how they expect the new program to operate.

Feds Launch Financial Effort Aimed At People With Disabilities

With a first-of-its-kind effort, federal officials are looking to provide hands-on assistance to help people with disabilities become more financially independent.

Census Records Sharp Rise In Disability Providers

The number of businesses devoted to serving the needs of people with disabilities is up dramatically and so are industry revenues, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

ABLE Accounts Get Green Light In First State

Three months after federal law established a new way for people with disabilities to save without jeopardizing their government benefits, the legislative hurdles are over in one state.

SSI Flagged For Billions In Improper Spending

A federal program designed to aid people with disabilities doled out billions of dollars in improper payments last year alone, government investigators say.

States Moving Forward On ABLE Accounts

Just months after federal lawmakers created a way for people with disabilities to save without risking their government benefits, most states are working to make the new accounts available.

White House Marks Passage Of ABLE Act

More than a month after enacting a law allowing people with disabilities a new way to save money, the White House is celebrating what’s being hailed as landmark legislation.

Efforts Underway To Fully Fund IDEA

Lawmakers in Congress are renewing efforts to ensure that the federal government lives up to its promise to fully fund special education.

High Court Considers If Medicaid Providers Can Sue Over Pay

In a case brought by developmental disability service providers, the U.S. Supreme Court is weighing what recourse such agencies have if they believe Medicaid is paying them too little.

Report: People With Disabilities Paid A Third Less

Workers with disabilities earn 37 percent less than their typically-developing peers, on average, even in cases where they have similar levels of education, a new analysis finds.

Obama Signs ABLE Act

With his signature, the president has paved the way for people with disabilities to open tax-free savings accounts where they can amass more than $2,000 without losing government benefits.

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