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Family caregivers win legal victory

Paying family members who care for loved ones less than non-family member caregivers is “arbitrary” and in violation of the equal protection clause of the state constitution, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled. The court ruling also questions the rationale of state officials in assuming that family members who provide personal care attendant (PCA) ...

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What we gained, what remains

What we gained, what remains Editor’s note: Access Press asked several disability community leaders to comment on the 2012 session of the Minnesota Legislature. On many fronts, Minnesotans with disabilities and their families made gains, especially in light of the numerous cuts and changes made during the 2011 special session. But much work is ahead to preserve those gains and ...

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State policy changes will improve Minnesotans’ lives

State policy changes will improve Minnesotans’ lives Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN-CCD) is a public policy coalition that works to influence state policies to improve the quality of life for Minnesotans with disabilities. Through our advocacy activities and in collaboration with other groups, MN-CCD was able to successfully pass a number of state policy changes to improve the lives of ...

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20 percent cut – Relatives who provide care are focus

20 percent cut – Relatives who provide care are focus Cuts to medical assistance reimbursement rates, made behind closed doors during the 2011 Minnesota Legislature’s July special session are at the center of a lawsuit against the State of Minnesota. The lawsuit was filed Oct. 25 in Ramsey County District Court on behalf of eight home health care agencies, employees and their clients with various ...

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State Shuts Down

State Shuts Down  Minnesotans with disabilities and many of  the services they rely faced an uncertain future when state government shut down July 1. While some key state agencies and functions continued, others were closed or suspended pending appeals. The situation has been very fluid. State leaders are expected to meet as Access Press went to press right after ...

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Editor’s Column – July 2011

I hope by the time you read this the state government shutdown is over. As I’m writing this, though, I’m afraid that it won’t be settled. I don’t think the House and Senate leadership are able to make any guarantees on how their own caucuses will ultimately vote on any compromise. Gov. Mark Dayton will ...

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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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Unemployment Insurance coverage denied

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who provided Personal Care Attendant (PCA) services to “immediate family members,” starting July 01, 2010, will no longer be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. A provision excluding a PCA/DSP who serves a family member from Unemployment Insurance coverage was added to Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) during a ...

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

The Story of Us: 20 years of MN disability news coverage remembered, as covered by Access Press 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 first five years of newspaper coverage. Subsequent installments will appear in future issues. May 1990 Access Press published its first issue, ...

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November 1998 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Deaf Advocacy- New Services Planned, by Donna McNamara Department of Health to License PCA Services, by Ken Moses Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith African American People with Disabilities - Many Unmet Needs Remain, by Jeff Nygaard Board Restores Funding to Disability Programs, by Peter McLaughlin Offering Our Miracles, Using our Gifts, by Pete Feigal How I Spent My Summer Vacation, by Frank Guinello Evil ...

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October 1998 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Governor's Race: Gubernatorial Hopefuls Address Metro Mobility and PCA Wage Question, by Access Press Staff Local Company Features Adaptive Computer Technology, by Kaye Henry Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Maps for the Labyrinth, by Pete Feigal Southwestern Center for Independent Living (SWCIL), by Steve Thorson Hello Nicole, by Nicole Getting into Shape, by Rosalind K. Sampson Good Religion - Bad Religion by ...

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May 1998 Issue

Articles/Contributors: 1998 Legislative Review: Victories, Compromises, and Losses by Charlie Smith Court Ruling Gives "Death Sentence" to People with Disabilities, by Bob Griss Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith The Twenty-Four Hour Occupation. by LeAnne Dahl Bad News and Good News, by Pete Feigal Hello Nicole, by Nicole God's Majestic Creation, by Maureen Pranghofer A Psychological View of Disability Culture, by Carol J. Gill, Ph.D. You ...

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August 1997 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Happy 7th Birthday: Americans with Disabilities Act, by Doug Anderson Courage Center: Problems at the Resident, Residents Voice Concerns, by Jane Wheeler Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith President Reauthorizes IDEA, by Access Press Staff Hello Nicole, by Nicole From Sainthood to Inclusion, by Barbara Gill Social Security and Disability: What Privatization Means, by Jeff Nygaard Direct Care Crisis: Study Shows Staff Shortages will Continue without Industry-wide Effort, ...

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February 1997 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Does Governor Care? His Words Don't Say So, by Charlie Smith Unlawful Practices Reduce PCA Hours, by Luther Granquist Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Since Christopher Reeve. . . by Charlie Smith The "Dance Program Inclusive," by LeAnne Dahl Much to Give, Deaconess Jeanne Dicke Coping With Stress, by CeCe Chamber Hello Nicole, by Nicole More 1997 Legislative Issues, by Tom Brick Here’s the ...

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April 1996 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Success at the Capitol - PCA/TEFRA Bill Passes, by Charlie Smith People and Profits, How Should We Manage Health Care? by Jeff Nygaard Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Work Incentives Threatened, by Toni Zachariae Watt Opening to the Treasure of the Present Moment, by Rev. Joen Snyder O'Neal A Tribute to Eunice McClurg, by LeAnne Dahl Recovery Through Will Training, by Rita ...

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March 1996 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Governor Poses Threat: Quality of Life, Independence & Families May be Vetoed, by Charlie Smith Remembering with Dignity, by LeAnne Dahl Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Health Care in Minnesota - Bigger is Better? by Jeff Nygaard Hello Nicole, by Nicole "Take Note of My Needs," by Mary Jane Steinhagen ADA Making a Difference in Hennepin County, by County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin A Mental Illness ...

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January 1996 Issue

Articles/Contributors: DHS Taken to Task: PCA Task Force - A DHS Set-Up? by Luther Granquist A Great Loss, by Michael Sheehan Setting the Stage for Change, by Mark Wilde Editor's Column, by Charlie Smith Proposted Legislation for Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Serviceson of Inclusion, by Anne Henry Hello Nicole, by Nicole Beyond the Ramp, by LeAnne Dahl Wishing - and Working! - for Independence, ...

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May 1995 Issue

Articles/Contributors:Bombs Don't Scare Us - Legislators Pose a Bigger Threat, by Bill Smith Legislative Update on TEFRA and PCA Cuts by Anne Henry Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Prohibitive ADA Costs: Fact or Fiction, by Deborah Leuchvius Metro Mobility is Proposing Changes, by Metro Mobility Staff Corporate Welfare Reform, by Mel Duncan Hello Nicole, by Nicole Interfaith Brochure Can Use Your Help, ...

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February 1995 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Governor Seeks 25% PCA Cut: Independent Living Seems Irrelevant - Cost Cutting Everything, by Charlie Smith Wellstone Talks About Unfunded Mandates, by Sen. Paul Wellstone Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Disability Rights Survive First Round: Some Programs Still in Danger, by Carolyn Emerson Hello Nicole, by Nicole Conference Planners Can Use Your Help, by Mary Jane Steinhagen How About Some Humanity ...

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December 1994 Issue

Contributors: Metro Mobility Reaching Capacity - Funding Crunch May Stop Progress, by Access Press Staff Ready for the Legislature? by Charlie Smith Editor’s Column, Charlie Smith ADA Requirements for Public Telephones and TTY Access, by Carolyn Emerson "Careers On-Line:" Employment, Disability, and Technology, by Rick Battaglia Rosemary Young: Advocate and Friend, by LeAnne Dahl Anoka County Teenager Will Represent State at Austrian Freedom Observance, ...

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April 1993 Issue

Contributors: Rationing Health Care? Experts Explain, by Adam Quinn Introducing DRAGnet - All You Need to Know, by Gordon Gillesby Editor's Column, by Charlie Smith Voices for Disability Rights First Annual Meeting, by Deborah Peterson System is Broken - You Must Help Repair It, by Charlie Smith Tendon Transfer Surgery Helps Improve Hand Function, by Sister Kenny Institute Positive Impacts of President Clinton's Economic Stimulus Package, by Peter McLaughlin ADAPT - Ready to ...

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April 1992 Issue

Contributors: The PCA Battle Appears to be Won, by Adam Quinn Metro Mobility May Be Abandoned, by William A. Smith Jr. Editor's Column, by Charlie Smith Legislative Process Threatens Those Relying on Present Programs, by Jackie Alfonso, of United Handicapped Federation Peer Counseling Available, by Sister Kenny Institute The Future is Now Flexible Work Options, by Peter McLaughlin Hello Nicole, by Nicole Unique Service Offers Opportunities to People with Disabilities, by Sister ...

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