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‘Tis the season to make lists and head to the state capitol

‘Tis the season to make lists and head to the state capitol   With the 2019 Minnesota Legislature starting its session January 8, Minnesotans with disabilities and their advocacy groups are getting ready. It’ll be a new ball game, with incoming Gov. Tim Walz. a DFL majority in the House taking their seats and new commissioners leading state departments. Very little got done at the capitol in 2018, with ...

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FROM OUR COMMUNITY: Disability Waiver Rate System eyed for reform at capitol in 2019

The new year is almost upon us, and with it, a new state legislature and governor. New legislative landscapes always offer both opportunities and challenges, we will have much work to do to grow alliances, continue to educate lawmakers on the great progress that has been made and also the needs that still exist within ...

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December 2018 edition

Here's the full edition of Access Press for December 2018 in .pdf format. Please note that you may need to create a log-in to download and/or read this copy. Enjoy!    

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Clock is ticking on Medicare Open Enrollment, but help is available

Time is running out for Medicare Open Enrollment, but Disability Hub MN can help with the daunting task of looking at providers. Medicare Open Enrollment runs October 15th through December 7th. During this time, you can switch from one plan provider to another or enroll for the first time. Open Enrollment is often the only ...

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November 2018 edition

Here's the November 2018 edition in its entirety, in pdf form.  Please note you may need to create a log in to read and/or download the file. Enjoy!    

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Incontinence products issue back to court

Debate over a proposed state medical supply program continues in Ramsey County District Court. Opponents of the Preferred Incontinence Products Program (PIPP) are fighting a motion to dismiss their legal challenge to the program. The motion was to be heard October 11, just after Access Press went to press. The legal move dismays the members of ...

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Accessible Happenings and Events

More events information: VSA Minnesota is here. The website has a large calendar at in the upper right hand corner of its home page. For information on galleries and theater performances around the state join the Access to Performing Arts email list at access@vsamn.org or call VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888 or statewide 800-801-3883 (voice/TTY). To hear a weekly listing ...

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October 2018 edition

Here's the October 2018 edition in .pdf format.  Please note you may need to create a log-in to download and/or read the document. Enjoy!        

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Stipend, training incentives part of enhanced rate effort

Stipend, training incentives part of enhanced rate effort As Minnesota continues to struggle with its care crisis, measures are being taken to address the critical need for direct care workers. Efforts are stepping up to implement the enhanced rates for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) programs. The programs involved are Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Traditional and PCA Choice, along with Consumer-Directed ...

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Loans can make life at home, working easier

Loans can make life at home, working easier By Equipalife Would assistive technology or specialized equipment help you enter or remain in the workplace? Would it help you live more comfortably in your home? Or do you need help going to school? Thanks to a state program, EquipALife is offering loans to help Minnesotans with disabilities meet such needs. But the clock is ticking ...

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Fight against incontinence products program continues with more allies

Minnesotans who rely on incontinence products, medical products suppliers and legislators are continuing to try to block enforcement of the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Preferred Incontinence Product Program (PIPP). The program, which was approved in the waning hours of the 2017 special session of the Minnesota Legislature, is seen as taking away choice ...

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August 2018 edition

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Getting children safely to school is training goal

Getting children safely to school is training goal [caption id="attachment_22895" align="aligncenter" width="408"] Educators from southern Minnesota are developing a biking and walking to school program for students with disabilities[/caption]   Students with disabilities in the Mankato area will be able to join their schoolmates when walking or biking to classes in the future. Educators in that part of the state enjoyed a June 28 training ...

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Crisis line is closed, but help is available

One more resource for Minnesotans in mental health crisis is gone. As June ended, Canvas Health shut down its crisis hotline, Crisis Connection. Like many other health needs statewide, funding for Crisis Connection was involved in the ongoing dispute between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders. Canvas Health had sought $1 million to support the crisis ...

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People and Places – July 2018

People and Places – July 2018 Bottinger honored with award The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has awarded Kate Bottiger its 2018 Transformational Leader Award. Bottiger has been the executive director at Reach for Resources since August 2014 and was secretly nominated by a group of Reach staff and board members. The council oversees a membership of more than 2,100 nonprofits and 230 businesses. ...

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July 2018 edition

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Health care survey reveals cost increase worries

Health care survey reveals cost increase worries How do Minnesotans feel about health care costs, especially against the backdrop of possible changes to Medicare and Medicaid? A survey of more than 1,000 state residents shows that while the vast majority have health insurance, respondents are worried about the rising costs of health care. Drug prices are a concern, as are looming changes ...

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Choice of incontinence products still faces uncertainty

It’s the problem no one talks about. It involves a product many people with disabilities cannot live without. The incontinence supplies available to Minnesotans with disabilities could dramatically change, unless state lawmakers take action before the 2018 legislative session ends May 21. The fight to repeal a 2017 law requiring Minnesota to bid out incontinence products ...

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February 2018 edition (in pdf format)

Here's our full February 2018 edition, available for downloading and/or reading online.  Please note you may need to create a log in to view this file. Enjoy!    

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The year in review: 2017 was a year of challenges for Minnesotans with disabilities

The year in review: 2017 was a year of challenges for Minnesotans with disabilities Another year is finished, and we look back at all of the things that happened, good and bad. Access Press wishes the best for its readers in 2018. JANUARY The 2017 Minnesota Legislature gaveled into session January 3, launching one of the most potentially complex and contentious sessions in recent years. Republican House and Senate leaders and ...

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‘Perfect storm’ created by new federal tax law

The new federal tax law, signed into effect just before Christmas by President Donald Trump, will have disastrous consequences for people with disabilities and the organizations that serve them. The $1.5 trillion tax overhaul is the most sweeping set of changes in decades to federal tax law. Dozens of Minnesota nonprofits, including many groups that serve ...

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Regional News in Review – January 2018

Safety program is proposed All too easily, vulnerable adults can wander off from their homes. That can be a dangerous problem in places like Minnesota where temperatures can dip well below freezing. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, is concerned about the number of such incidents in her state. She sees the problem as preventable with simple ...

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Autism added to medical cannabis program

Autism added to medical cannabis program Autism spectrum disorders and sleep apnea have been added to the list of qualifying conditions for Minnesota’s medical cannabis program. Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger announced the decision November 30. The news was greeted with enthusiasm by some people with family member with autism spectrum disorder as the treatment has proven helpful in ...

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Medicaid, ADA changes raise alarm

Keeping an eye on Washington D.C. is stressful for Minnesotans with disabilities. Worries about the future of Medicaid are combined with fears for the future of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Groups including the Minnesota Council on Disability, the American Civil Liberties Union and Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) are alarmed about the ...

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This time of year brings numerous Medicare open enrollment scams

This time of year brings numerous Medicare open enrollment scams It's the most wonderful time of the year, Medicare Open Enrollment! Of course, this isn’t true. We all know the pain and confusion that is Medicare and so do the scammers out there that are trying to separate Medicare recipients from their money. Many Medicare scams rely on the trusting nature of the individual being pursued. ...

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