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Jan 04 2017 11:17 AM | National Autism Network in Legislation and Healthcare

January 3, 2017- "Vaccines, public health and Trump: Good policy prevents outbreaks"- Recent clusters of outbreaks of diseases such as measles and mumps due to individuals not being vaccinated, show that the false study conclusions and misinformation is alive and well.  President-elect Donald Trump has also made his concerns over a potential link between vaccines and autism despite having no scientific basis and having been disproven multiple times.  Trump will play an integral part in the vaccine debate and here's hoping that science will prevail.

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Trump Win Brings Uncertainty on Disability Policy

Nov 10 2016 10:48 AM | National Autism Network in Legislation and Healthcare

November 10, 2016- "Trump Win Brings Uncertainty on Disability Policy"- The lack of information provided by Trump on the campaign trail regarding disability issues along with a Republican majority House and Senate has advocates scrambling.  Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility stated "I don't want to pretend this is not a crisis because the fact is that President Obama and Hillary Clinton had very strong ties with the disability community and had very clear plans for the disability community. Mr. Trump will have the opportunity now to engage with lots of people and hopefully this will become and important issue."

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Ranking Names States With Best Disability Services

Oct 03 2016 09:38 AM | National Autism Network in Legislation and Healthcare

October 3, 2016 -"Ranking Names States With Best Disability Services"- Which states offer the best services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities? A new national ranking of developmental disability services looks at which states have the best offerings including Medicaid, how individuals with disabilities live within their communities, and how satisfied they are with their lives.

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Congress Eyes Changes to ABLE Act, Special Need...

Oct 03 2016 09:16 AM | National Autism Network in Legislation and Healthcare

September 27, 2016 - "Congress Eyes Changes to ABLE Act, Special Needs Trusts"- The ABLE to Work Act, which calls for individuals with disabilities who are employed, the ability to save their earnings up to the federal poverty level, in their ABLE accounts above and beyond the existing cap. This piece of legislation is headed before a full Senate. Another improvement is the ABLE Financial Planning Act which would allow families to rollover money saved in a 529 college savings plan into an ABLE account.
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Single Mom's Search for Therapist Foiled by...

Jul 28 2016 09:09 AM | brian in Legislation and Healthcare

July 28, 2016- "Single Mom's Search for Therapist Foiled by Insurance Companies"- This article begins with one family unable to access insurance coverage, but quickly delves into the larger issues that prevented more than half of the 43 million Americans suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions from receiving help. Reasons varied from not being able to afford it, being embarrassed to ask for help, and an inability to navigate through the red tape. The recent 2008 Mental Health Parity Act was supposed to quell these issues, such as preventing insurance companies  from charging higher copays or setting up separate deductibles for mental health care. The article concludes with a disheartening breakdown of what happens when they tried to contact 100 psychologists in San Francisco and were only able to find 8 psychologists with appointments after regular work hours.

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