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The 24th Anniversary of the ADA Being Signed Into Law Took Place on July 26th, 2014

The 24th Anniversary of the ADA Being Signed into Law Took Place on July 26th, 2014

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26th, 1990. July 26th of this year, the 24th Anniversary of the ADA took place. In honor and celebration of this year's Anniversary of the ADA, here are 10 Things You May Not Know About the ADA by clicking on the following link: 10 Things You May Not Know About the ADA

The FCC Has Approved New Rules That Will Require Closed Captioning of Video Clips That Are Posted Online

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved new rules that will require closed captioning of all video clips that are posted online to ensure accessibility for all people who are in the Deaf and hard of hearing community. For more in depth information on this news, please click on the following link: FCC New Rules for Deaf and hard of hearing community

Massachusetts One Care Initiative for Non-elderly Dual Eligibles

Massachusetts One Care Initiative for Non-elderly Dual Eligibles

The Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (*MMPI) is pleased to release a fact sheet and infographic on One Care Massachusetts' demonstration project for adults with disabilities between the ages of 21 and 64 who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The demonstration launched on October 1, 2013, and is slated to run through December 31, 2016. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have jointly contracted with three health plans to provide all medical, behavioral health, dental, pharmacy, and long-term support services covered by Medicare and Medicaid. The fact sheet provides a comprehensive description of One Care including an overview of key features of the program. The infographic provides information on enrollment in One Care by health plan, rating category, and geography. MMPI plans to update the enrollment infographic on a regular basis as new information becomes available. These publications draw from the materials MassHealth has made available though its' One Care website pulling together information from a wide variety of material into a single fact sheet. *Please note that MMPI is a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundtaion. MMPI is an independent and nonpartisan source of information and analysis about the Massachusetts Medicaid program (often referred to as "MassHealth"). MMPI's mission is to promote the development of effective Medicaid policy solutions through research and policy analysis and a rigorous and thoughtful public discussion of the program's successes and the challenges ahead.

NILP Participates in the 2014 NCIL Annual Conference and Conducts a Workshop!

NILP Participates in the 2014 NCIL Annual Conference and Conducts a Workshop!

NILP proudly participated in the NCIL (National Council on Independent Living) "Prevail" Annual Conference that took place July 28th - August 1st, 2014, in Washington D.C. The very full and productive week included a NCIL March & Rally to the U.S. Capitol as well as meeting with key legislators for the area that NILP serves. In addition, NILP conducted a successful workshop at the NCIL Conference titled, "Creating a New Training & Development Consulting Business within Your CIL", which spotlighted NILP's Education Division, The Training and Learning Collaborative (TLC), and how to create a new business unit in your CIL and ILC to train and consult about IL values and further disability awareness having the potential to not only educate but how it can produce an entirely new revenue stream for individual IL Programs. For more information on TLC, please view TLC on the NILP website page under services/programs and also view additional information regarding this workshop by clicking on our "like us on facebook" link.

NILP Program Spotlight of the Month: Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program

NILP's Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program is consumer-controlled and directed. The person receiving NILP's PCA services manages their program independently, or with the assistance of a surrogate of their choice. PCA consumers can receive assistance with activities such as bathing, eating, or dressing, as wll as chores such as laundry or housekeeping. For more information regarding NILP's PCA services, please click on the tab and drop-down menu under Sevices/Programs for Personal Care Attendants on the NILP homepage.