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Medicaid a worry – Disability groups rallying for spend-down, among other issues

Medicaid a worry – Disability groups rallying for spend-down, among other issues As the 2017 Minnesota Legislature chugs toward the first bill deadline March 10, Minnesotans with disabilities are working to make sure their voices are heard. More than 600 bills had been introduced as February began. That crush of legislation makes it crucial to make the case for policy and funding changes. Disability Matters Day at the ...

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Regional News in Review – November 2011

Caregivers stage protests Caregivers from Dellwood Place and Bethesda Care Center, two Cerenity nursing homes slated for closure in November, rallied Oct. 12 at Dellwood Place with community supporters from across the Twin Cities to stand up for seniors, the disabled, and long-term care workers. During a week that the Congressional “Super Committee” was expected to discuss ...

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Advocates rally in the face of devastating proposed services cuts

Advocates rally in the face of devastating proposed services cuts Crunch time is on at the state capitol as the Minnesota Legislature works toward a May 23 adjournment deadline. But with Gov. Mark Dayton and the House and Senate far apart on budget bills, including the crucial Health and Human Services bills, what could happen in the days ahead is anyone’s guess. Virtually every service people ...

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Editor’s Column – May 2011

The big news at our state capitol is that our legislators are flinging red herrings like there’s no tomorrow. By turning their attention to single-sex marriage and stadiums, they are really trying to keep out of the mainstream news the massive cuts that will be devastating to many Minnesotans. The budgets they are proposing now ...

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Cuts will force hard choices for many Minnesotans

Cuts will force hard choices for many Minnesotans  If tomorrow morning my employer told me that I had to take a 20% pay cut, I would naturally think about where I could cut my expenses. I would also begin thinking about ways to replace that income . . . a second job, perhaps. Apparently, it does not work that way with our government. ...

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Regional News in Review – March 2011

Changes at Crisis Connection Crisis Connection, a nonprofit telephone counseling service, is under new leadership. Oakdale-based Human Services Inc. (HSI) announced in February that it assumed control of the service. Crisis Connection is more than 30 years old and operates out of the Minneapolis suburbs. It provides crisis counseling, intervention and referral. Last year news reports indicated ...

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Understanding what the legislative session will mean

Understanding what the legislative session will mean With Gov. Mark Dayton heading the executive branch and Republican majorities steering the Minnesota Legislature, the 2011 session began Jan. 4 with a daunting task: plug the state’s $6.2 billion budget deficit before the fiscal year ends July 1. At roughly 19 percent of the state’s overall budget, the gap between projected spending and anticipated revenue ...

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New options could benefit community support services

pearly papule removalp>There are several new opportunities for Minnesota to obtain both a federal demonstration grant and increased federal Medicaid matching funds to improve our state’s community support services and reduce the use of institutions for persons with disabilities of all ages. How the state takes advantage of these opportunities will play out in the ...

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Legislative session brings mixed results for community

For Minnesota’s disability community, the 2010 legislative session may be remembered, like so many others, as one which there could have been much worse consequences.  As it turned out, most existing services were spared but few gains were made as the Minnesota Legislature adjourned May 17. Leaders of statewide disability organizations and self-advocates are already ...

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The Story of Us: 20 years of MN disability news coverage remembered, as covered by Access Press – Pt. 2

Minnesota, as told through the pages of Access Press, is one of victories and defeats, activism and accolades. Come with us on a trip back through the past two decades. This installment covers the second five years of newspaper coverage.  May 1995 Debate continued at the capitol over programs for people with disabilities, with most attention focused ...

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The Story of Us: 20 years of MN disability news coverage remembered, as covered by Access Press – Pt. 3

Minnesota, as told through the pages of Access Press, is one of victories and defeats, activism and accolades. Come with us on a trip back through the past two decades. This installment covers the third five years of newspaper coverage.    May 2000 A demonstration at the state capitol was one of many held around the United ...

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Happy 9th Anniversary for key court decision: Or is it?

Nine years after the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Olmstead decision, its impacts for persons with disabilities are decidedly mixed. The court ruled that “unjustified institutional isolation of persons with disabilities is a form of discrimination.” The Court rejected the State of Georgia’s argument that the Medicaid statute reflected a Congressional preference for “treatment in ...

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Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities: An Important Work Incentive

Since 1999, through federal legislation called the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, Minnesota has offered a work incentive for individuals with disabilities who are employed. This optional Medicaid buy-in program is called Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD). MA-EPD promotes competitive employment and the economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities. ...

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May 1997 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Political Role Models: Don't Hide FDR's Disability by Wendy S. Brower Interview with Rep. Torrey Westrom: Quietly Dissolving Stereotypes, by Jane Wheeler Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Inclusion Without Fanfare, by Bonnie Hammel A Time to Re-Evaluate, by LeAnne Dahl Medicaid on the Chopping Block, by Access Press Staff Hello Nicole, by Nicole "The Best Kept Secret," by Laurie Janssen Here’s the May 1997 Issue. ...

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November 1995 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Protecting the Wealthy at the Cost of Others, by Charlie Smith Facing a Real Future for Public Transportation,  by Bill Smith Make a Difference, by Deborah Peterson Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Reduce the Deficit: Close Special Tax Loopholes, by Sen. Paul Wellstone Hello Nicole, by Nicole An Unquiet Mind Book Review, by Christine M. Windorski An Unforgetable Reunion, by LeAnne Dahl Senator Paul ...

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October 1995 Issue

Articles/Contributors: We Can't Stop the Cuts! by Bruce Vento "We're not done - we're going to win this!" by Senator Paul Wellstone DHS - Home Care Task Form Update, by Charlie Smith Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Make the Case of Change, by Peter McLaughlin Thoughts on Faith Healing, by Cheri Register Hearing the Unheard Voices, by Jeffrey Bugenstein Life Goes On - Safety ...

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July 1995 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Transit Problems Can Be Solved: John Walsh of MCIL Gives the Council Some Suggestions, by Access Press Staff DRAGnet Expands, by Access Press Staff Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Minnesota Again Gives Disability Rights Short Shift, by State Sen. John Marty Let's Understand Medicaid Before We Make Changes, by US Sen. Paul Wellstone Hello Nicole, by Nicole Summer Musings, by Sister ...

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February 1994 Issue

Riders' Outcries Having an Effect: Legislature Seems Ready  to Make Changes in System by Charlie Smith Universal Health Care - Where Do We Go From Here, by Sen. Paul Wellstone Editor’s Column, Charlie Smith "International Open Door Troup Offering New Local Shows, Too, by Roger Hammer Rehabilitation Assessment Clinic, by Sister Kenny Institute Hello Nicole, by Nicole The Big "H," by Mary Kraemer, ...

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August 1990 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Feds 1, Work Ethic 0 in State Spenddown Fiasco, by Jim Barton ADA Passes; Fete Set Aug. 17, by Access Press Staff Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Legal Aid: The Community Social Services Act, by Pat Siebert Hospitality Job Opportunities Grow, by Adam Quinn Access to Services: An Exercise in Absurdity? by Harold Kerner The Access Press Political Inquiry/August 1990: The ...

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