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Medicaid ‘Unwinding’ Decried As Biased Against People With Disabilities

People with disabilities say they are abruptly losing their Medicaid home health benefits and are being advised incorrectly when they call state offices for more information.

May 15, 2024
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Private Equity Investment In Disability Services Draws Scrutiny

Federal officials are concerned about increasing private equity investment in home and community-based services and other offerings for people with disabilities and they want the public to weigh in.

May 14, 2024
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Standards Established To Improve Health Care For Kids With Disabilities

A first-of-its-kind consensus statement is outlining new standards for providing health care to youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities in an effort to overcome persistent inequities in care.

May 9, 2024

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Feds Bar Disability Discrimination In Health Care

New regulations will prohibit health care providers from making treatment decisions based on biases about disabilities and require that accessible exam tables and other equipment be more available.

May 2, 2024
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Kids With Medically Complex Conditions Wait Months Or Years For Specialty Care

Families are having an increasingly hard time getting appointments with pediatric specialists putting children at risk for more serious medical problems, developmental setbacks and treatment delays.

April 30, 2024
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Deep-Water Pool Would Be A Godsend For People With Disabilities, Planners Say

At 130 feet, the proposed pool would be the deepest in the U.S. and offer a therapeutic deep-water diving experience for people with physical and cognitive disabilities.

April 30, 2024

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Autism Diagnosis Often Takes Longer For Girls

Because autism research has historically focused on males, the diagnostic criteria has long been based on their experience. As a result, nearly 80% of women with autism are undiagnosed at age 18.

April 26, 2024
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Feds Finalize New Rules For Medicaid Home And Community-Based Services

Federal officials are reshaping the rules surrounding community-based services for people with disabilities in an effort to improve access and strengthen the direct support professional workforce.

April 25, 2024
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Autism Clinics Shutter As State Struggles To Shore Up Funding

Since 2021, at least 13 companies operating about 35 clinics of different sizes have closed or left one state over reimbursement rates that haven't kept up with rising costs.

April 19, 2024

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Medicaid Officials Remove Barriers For Those With Disabilities

With a new rule, federal officials say they are streamlining the Medicaid enrollment process in an effort to make it easier for people with disabilities to get coverage and keep it.

April 18, 2024
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Suicidal Thoughts Alarmingly Common Among Young Kids With Autism, Survey Finds

New research suggests that more than a third of children with autism ages 8 and under have had suicidal thoughts and not all of these kids are necessarily displaying warning signs.

April 16, 2024
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Exercise May Boost Cognition In Adults With Down Syndrome

Taking regular walks may do much more than improve physical health for adults with Down syndrome, a new study suggests.

April 8, 2024

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