What's New at HDA
The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to improve employment for people with disabilities -- including a seven percent hiring goal. Our CEO Barbara Otto blogs about it on Think Beyond the Label.
Our Illinois Warrior to Warrior project with veterans is featured in the Commercial News and the East Central Illinois News Gazette. We're still recruiting volunteer veterans to work with National Guard units and adding resources to our database. To connect, go to ilwarriortowarrior.org or call 877-938-8403.
Crain's Chicago Business featured data from our Illinois Health Matters information hub on the Affordable Care Act in a special "Market Intel" section on data and health care.
We testified to the Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Encouraging Work Through the Social Security Disability Program.
Thanks to the Community Memorial Foundation and West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry - we were delighted to keynote and moderate a panel discussion on "Understanding and Implementing the Affordable Care Act."
We've released a second and improved version of our award-winning data visualization of health care reform in Illinois. Now you can pinpoint geography and demographics of who will be impacted by Affordable Care Care. The Associated Press used the tool to report on how the ACA could help military Veterans access health coverage.
Our Medical-Legal partnership won "Outstanding MLP" for our policy contributions and longstanding leadership at the national annual MLP summit in April. The event is a two-day conference that brings together leaders in healthcare, law, public health and government to share ideas, insights and best practices about how to integrate health and legal care for vulnerable people.
Medical-Legal partnership director Amy Zimmerman authored the intro to the Early Intervention section (“A Critical Time: The First Three Years”), of the 2013 Kids Count report "Moving Policy, Making Progress," and is a featured panelist at next week's Voices for Illinois Children's Symposium, Illinois Kids Count 2013 next week on Friday, March 22nd.
When it comes to disability hiring, we celebrate next practice but we're not afraid to ruffle feathers. CEO Barbara Otto blogs "Walgreens Is Not Always the Answer" on Huffington Post.
HDA featured in The New York Times for filing a state class complaint against CPS for failures to provide early childhood special education services. Learn more in our press release. Also featured in Medill News Reports.
CEO Barbara Otto pens "Myth buster: The case for hiring individuals with disabilities" in Insight Labor Law Reports from Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.
Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership staff honored Nov. 29 with the PILI Distinguished Intern Alumni Award for exemplary contribution to the field of public interest law.
HDA launches Our Family Security to share stories of the benefits of Social Security programs from the perspective of a relative of a beneficiary.
CEO Barb Otto shares tips on disability hiring in Fast Company's "The Debate Behind Disability Hiring"
Senior Analyst Joe Entwisle blogs on the Huffington Post - "Debunking the Disability Trap"
CEO Barb Otto participates in MACPAC (Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission)
Thanks to all who helped us celebrate 20 years (and counting) of innovative programs and policy from Health & Disability Advocates at our national premiere of "Escape Fire." Available on iTunes, Escape Fire is a movie about the future of health care. We were joined by Dr. Kohar Jones (Doctors for America) and David Carvalho, chairman of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Crain's Chicago Business covers the event here.
Congratulations to our Illinois Health Matters team and partners for winning 2nd place in the 2012 Civic Data Challenge with an innovative tool to help people visualize the impact of health reform through civic data. The team was also awarded the Kaggle Prize, and will be developing our own data competition.
In August 2012, Gov Quinn signed The Early Intervention Services System Act into law, enhancing early intervention (EI) services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. The goal of the new law is to make it easier for young children with special needs to receive the services they need to live full and integrated lives.
In June 2012, the Affordable Care Act was upheld per Supreme Court decision. Read HDA's statement on the ruling, and stories about our clients who stand to benefit from health care reform in the Chicago Tribune and USA Today. Crains Chicago Business features our research and Visualizing Health Reform tool and talks to CEO Barb Otto about next steps. More analysis about Medicaid to available on Illinois Health Matters.
For fastest assistance regarding the termination of the Illinois Cares Rx program, please call the Illinois Senior Helpline at 1-800-252-8966. Former Illinois Cares Rx recipients can also take their medical bills and paid Medicare premium statements into the closest Department of Human Services offices to see if they can qualify for Medicaid with a spenddown. If you don't have a Medicare premium statement, you can ask a caseworker to count your Medicare premiums, and they can confirm their payment through their computer system.
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