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Come and Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA on Boston Common!

Come and Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA on Boston Common!

Make plans to come to Boston Common on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of one of the most comprehensive civil rights bills in the history of this country, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)! Join us as we mark this milestone event with speakers, activities, and fun! It is a better world today thanks to the ADA. For more information regarding this important event, please visit the the Boston ADA 25th Anniversary website by clicking on the following link: 25th ADA Boston Celebration and for sponsorships and donations for this special event, please click on the following link where you can donate online as an individual or as an organization: Donate to 25th ADA Boston Celebration
Make your plans now to join with us at this milestone celebration in Boston of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA!

The ABLE Act Becomes Law With President Obama’s Signature

On Friday, December 19th, 2014, President Obama signed into law the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act. The ABLE Act creates tax-advantaged savings accounts for use by individuals with disabilities. Critically, savings in ABLE accounts won't disqualify those individuals from receiving public assistance. This legislation has been called "...the broadest legislation to help [people with disabilities] in nearly a quarter-century". To learn more about the ABLE Act and how it will affect people with disabilities, click on the following link: What You Should Know About The ABLE Act

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. In addition, One Care has some great stories for you! In a series of videos, you can hear members explain why One Care works for them. To view these videos, please click on the following link: One Care Videos *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.

Save The Date! NILP 30th Anniversary Annual Legislative Forum Takes Place on March 20th, 2015!

Save The Date! NILP 30th Anniversary Annual Legislative Forum Takes Place on March 20th, 2015!

SAVE THE DATE! On Friday, March 20th, 2015, The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. (NILP) will be holding it's 30th Anniversary Annual Legislative Forum at The Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, MA, from 9 A.M. to 12 Noon. This year's 30th Anniversary Forum theme is "Nursing Home Transitioning To The Community". This is a great opportunity for you as a consumer and constituent for the region that NILP serves in Northeast Massachusetts to meet with various state legislators, city/town officials, congressional aides, and more and discuss the important issues for all people with disabilities who wish to live independently in the community. A special Keynote Speaker for this event will be named soon. Watch for further announcements on this event coming your way very soon and we hope that you will join us there!

NILP Program Spotlight of the Month: Transition To Adulthood Program (TAP)

NILP's Transition To Adulthood Program (TAP) educates youth with disabilities, ages 14 to 22, on topics such as communication, budgeting, and navigating into the workplace. The TAP staff facilitates independent living groups in a variety of schools in the region that NILP serves. The groups provide a fun, educational, and supportive peer environment for the students. For more information, about TAP and NILP's Youth Program Services, please go to the Resources tab on the NILP home page and then click on Youth Resources.