Politics

New Rules Expected For Medicaid Managed Care

As a growing number of states rely on private insurers to cover those with developmental disabilities, regulators are set to initiate the biggest overhaul of Medicaid managed-care in a decade.

Feds Put Brakes On Special Education Cutbacks

With a new rule, federal education officials are telling schools not to skimp on funding for special education.

Dozens Of Self-Advocates Arrested At White House

More than 50 disability rights activists were arrested Monday while protesting outside the White House.

Restraint And Seclusion Mandate Advances In Senate

A plan to rewrite the nation’s primary education law is set to go before the U.S. Senate and it now includes a provision related to restraint and seclusion in schools.

States Offered $15 Million To Spur Disability Employment

Federal officials want existing job training programs to better serve people with disabilities and they’re putting up millions of dollars to make it happen.

Feds Take Aim At Sheltered Workshops

The Obama administration is proposing new regulations that would sharply limit people with disabilities from entering employment situations where they earn less than minimum wage.

Mom Accused Of Abandoning Son With Cerebral Palsy In Woods

A mom is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly abandoning her 21-year-old son who has cerebral palsy and quadriplegia in the woods for days.

Unfit For Trial, Many With Special Needs Stuck Behind Bars

Many people with developmental disabilities are languishing in jail simply because they’ve been deemed unfit to stand trial and treatment facilities are unavailable.

Senate Plan Retains Testing Cap For Students With Disabilities

A bipartisan plan to reshape the nation’s primary education law would maintain strict limits on the number of students with disabilities taking less rigorous tests.

Supreme Court Rules Against Disability Providers

Developmental disability service providers cannot sue to force state Medicaid programs to raise their reimbursement rates, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

Report Finds More States Limiting Restraint, Seclusion

Though federal efforts to restrict the use of restraint and seclusion in schools have stagnated, an analysis finds a growing number of states have implemented laws to curtail the practices.

Lawmakers Call For Tougher Truancy Penalties For Special Ed

Stiffer penalties could soon be in store for parents in one state whose children skip school, but the harsher punishment would only apply to those with kids in special education.

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