The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully. This week, the NCIL provided updates on the House of Representatives Continuing Resolution, the COVID-19 Relief Bill, and the SCOTUS. Continuing Resolution As we sent out on September 24, the House passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to extend… Read More »NCIL Update: Continuing Resolution, House COVID-19 Package
Lockdowns at Nursing Homes and Long-term Care Communities May Lessen COVID-19 Risk, but Patients Suffer in Other Ways
Lockdowns at Nursing Homes and Long-term Care Communities May Lessen COVID-19 Risk, but Patients Suffer in Other Ways The elderly population has been overwhelmingly affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic with those 75 years of age and older accounting for almost 60% of total COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. Nursing homes and long term care facilities have been particularly hard hit. Workers battling on the front lines since the coronavirus entered… Read More »Lockdowns at Nursing Homes and Long-term Care Communities May Lessen COVID-19 Risk, but Patients Suffer in Other Ways
Tips for Maintaining Your Mental Health Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic 1 in 5 people experience a mental illness throughout their lifetime, but almost everyone faces challenges that impact mental health. The Coronavirus has disrupted our lives and changed our way of living and interacting, causing a “high prevalence” of mental distress in countries across the globe. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 19% of respondents said the current… Read More »Tips for Maintaining Your Mental Health Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
PA Organizations, Businesses, and Non-Profits Stepping Up During Coronavirus Pandemic The word as we know it has completely changed in a matter of a couple of months. As the Coronavirus Pandemic sweeps through the country and many find themselves struggling to stay afloat, many Pennsylvania organizations, non-profits, and companies are stepping up to provide a helping hand and aid to these in need. In times like these, it is important… Read More »PA Organizations, Businesses, and Non-Profits Stepping Up During Coronavirus Pandemic
Is Telehealth the New Normal? Amidst the COVID-10 Pandemic, more and more healthcare organizations are shifting to telehealth models out of necessity and to reduce the risk of community spread for both patients and providers. As such, governmental and other organizations are making the necessary changes to support telehealth initiatives throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Check out the links below for more information! Getting Started with Telemedicine: FAQs for Pennsylvania… Read More »Is Telehealth the New Normal?
PA DHS Receives $20 Million in Federal Funding to Continue MFP Program The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded Pennsylvania $20 million in federal funding to allow the Money Follows the Person (MFP) grant program to continue. Governor Tom Wolf expressed the importance of the funding, stating that “The Money Follows the Person grant allows Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services to help thousands of Pennsylvanians live fulfilling, everyday lives… Read More »PA DHS Receives $20 Million in Federal Funding to Continue MFP Program
“Money Follows the Person” Programs Increase Transition Rates into Community While Reducing Overall System Spending
“Money Follows the Person” Programs Increase Transition Rates into Community While Reducing Overall System Spending “Money Follows the Person” programs (MFP) are becoming increasingly popular across the country, and for good reason. A recent study by H. Stephen Kaye, Ph.D. of the University of California at San Francisco’s Community Living Policy Center, shows that states with strong MFP programs are able to transition patients receiving long-term services and supports (LTSS)… Read More »“Money Follows the Person” Programs Increase Transition Rates into Community While Reducing Overall System Spending
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation Offers New 6th Edition of its Comprehensive Financial Education Book
The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation’s 6th edition of its comprehensive financial education book, Cents and Sensibility: A Guide to Money Management, will be available at its conference on financial empowerment for people with disabilities on October 3, 2019 in Harrisburg. Topics covered include: Money mapping (budgeting) An overview of where to keep your money How to save safely, including information about PA ABLE and a comparison with Special Needs Trusts Borrowing… Read More »Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation Offers New 6th Edition of its Comprehensive Financial Education Book
Fady Sahhar of XtraGlobex to Speak on Multiple Panels at the 2019 RCPA Conference FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Philadelphia, PA, September 21, 2019) XtraGlobex, Inc. President and Founder Fady Sahhar will share insights about the challenges and rewards of Value-Based Payments in the delivery of Managed Long Term Services and Supports in two informational sessions and a panel discussion at the 2019 Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association Conference, “IMPACT,” September 24-27,… Read More »Onward Towards Value Based Payments in Human Services
As advocates, we’d rather not be circling back to protect the gains we’ve made, and we are seeing civil rights, access to education, and individual independence being chipped away….but that’s part of the struggle too.