The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released an informational bulletin regarding the 2015 updates to the federal poverty guidelines. By law these updates are applied to eligibility criterion for programs such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The 2015 Dual Eligible standards
have also been updated based on the percentage of Federal Poverty Level. Click here
to read the complete informational bulletin.
Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities
The Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service has released a publication that may be useful in preparing 2014 Tax return documents. To access the document, click here
Measles & the MMR Shot
Measles is a respiratory disease that is very contagious and can be very serious. The MMR shot is the best way to protect against measles, and is almost 100% effective at preventing measles. Adults may also need an MMR shot. Learn more by clicking here
10 Things to Know about Social Security Benefits
Last month the Disability Connection Newsletter shared a great article on what you should know about social security benefits. Click here
to read it in full.
Free Tax Preparation for Persons with Disabilities
In partnership with United Way Worldwide and Goodwill Industries International and sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, National Disability Institute is proud to be a part of the MyFreeTaxes Partnership. To get FREE online and in-person federal and state tax preparation open to eligible taxpayers with earnings of $60,000 or less in 2014, visit MyFreeTaxes.com
New Non-Emergency Transportation Vendors
The Agency for Health Care Administration has contracted with two vendors to provide non-emergency transportation (NET) services to Medicaid recipients not enrolled in a managed care plan. To view the counties in which a change is effective, click here
iBill Currency Reader
The US Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) announced the national roll-out of iBill, a free currency reader for people who are blind or visually impaired. iBill is a key-fob-sized device that reads US currency notes and announced the denomination in voice, tone, or vibration. Individuals interested in receiving the device must complete and application and meet eligibility requirements. BEP also offers free currency reader apps for smart phones.
Housing and Health Care Partnerships Toolkit
The LeadingAge Center for Housing Plus Services is pleased to announce its new Housing and Health Partnerships Toolkit. The toolkit provides resources and guidance to help providers of affordable senior housing and their health care partners work together to improve health, safety, and quality of life for housing residents.
Apple has announced a new, open source platform for medical research called ResearchKit, which integrates with Apple's previously launched health data exchange HealthKit. For more information, click here.
2015 Disability Policy Seminar
The 2015 Disability Policy Seminar is your best opportunity to cultivate new champions on Capitol Hill and advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This unique event offers the opportunity to come together for two days to lear about current issues, and then a day to speak directly with your representatives. April 13-15, Washington DC. Learn more here.
Survey to Improve Educational Programs for Children with Special Needs
The FL Department of Education is surveying parents of children with an individual educational plan to determine how well your child's school is partnering with you and promoting your involvement in your child's education. All states must collect this data as part of their State Performance Plan. The web-based survey is available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole and can be found by following this link
Call for Presentation Session Submissions
The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities has announced the Call for Sessions for the 2015 National Home and Community Based Services Conference, August 31-September 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. To submit your session, click here
Awards and Scholarships
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council RFP
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council has funding opportunities available. To join the RFP list serve and begin the process to apply for funding, click here
then select RFP from the email lists.
2015 APHA Disability Section Awards
If you know someone who has made a significant contribution through scholarship, teaching, practice, and/or advocacy to advance the health and quality of life of people with disabilities, nominate him or her for one of the 2015 APHA Disability Section Awards. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2015, and the winners will be presented with their awards at the 2015 APHA Annual meeting in Chicago. The nomination form can be downloaded here.
Call for Nominations
Paralysis Resource Center Grant Funding
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has announced new funding opportunities for a paralysis resource center to improve the health and quality of life of individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Applications are due April 27, 2015. To learn more, click here.