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8 DAYS to save our health care

The threat of ACA repeal is back, and it is worse than ever. Congress is set to vote on Graham-Cassidy, a bill that would raise premiums for most families, allow insurance to discriminate based on pre-existing conditions, and make devastating cuts to Medicaid. Congress is serious about trying to...

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Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, LGBT Groups Release Statement on Needs of Trans Autistic People

Today, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the National Center for Transgender Equality released a joint statement about the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming autistic people and launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #AutisticTransPride to highlight transgender autistic voices and leadership. Earlier...

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Segregated Farmsteads in Arizona Aren’t “Community-Based”

Yesterday, ASAN wrote a letter to Arizona’s Medicaid agency urging it not to classify segregated “farmsteads” as community-based settings. Unlike traditional farms, autism-specific farmsteads are segregated, disability-specific settings where people work for less than minimum wage, and where people have few or no opportunities to work side by side...

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ASAN Releases New Resource On Medicaid Coverage for Autism Services

ASAN has released a new resource for its toolkit on health coverage for autism-related services. The resource, which is aimed at Medicaid plan administrators, will help plan administrators develop and expand coverage for autism services such as communication supports, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. ASAN released a resource on...

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ASAN Unveils Resource on Medicaid Coverage for Autism-Related Services

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is proud to announce the release of a new resource for autistic people and our families on Medicaid coverage for autism-related services. These services can include developmental approaches regarding social communication, sensory integration, emotional regulation, and adaptive skills. Until now, much advocacy for coverage...

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ASAN Praises Senators Grassley, Wyden and Casey for introducing the Transition to Independence Act, S. 1604

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Robert Casey (D-PA) for the introduction of the Transition to Independence Act (S.1604). This legislation will create a ten-state demonstration program, within which states will receive bonus payments from the federal government for achieving increases...

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CPSD: Wisconsin Long-Term Care Letter

This letter is available as a PDF here. Senator Darling Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair State Capitol, Room 317 East Madison, WI 53707 Representative Nygren Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair State Capitol, Room 309 East Madison, WI 53708 Dear Sen. Darling, Rep. Nygren, and members of the Joint Finance Committee; On...

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Action Alert: Send Comments Now on Community Services in California

Dear friends, The federal government has announced a new rule that will make sure that Medicaid-funded home and community-based services are actually in the community. Home and community based services help people with disabilities get the supports and services they need to live, work, and stay in their own...

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ASAN Unveils Toolkit for Advocates on New Home and Community-Based Settings Rules

ASAN has published a toolkit for advocates, families and administrators on how to ensure that people with disabilities receive Medicaid-funded Home and Community-Based Services in integrated settings that offer full access to the community. Home and community-based services are an important source of support for many people with disabilities who need...

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ASAN Policy Brief: What Impact will the Affordable Care Act have on People with I/DD?

As we grow closer and closer to the full implementation of the landmark health insurance law, many in the disability community are unfamiliar with how the Affordable Care Act will impact them. In addition, advocates looking to monitor and enhance implementation of the ACA for people with disabilities are...

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