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More on the Proposed "Public Charge" Rule

For many months it has been expected that the administration would issue a rule redefining what it means to be a "public charge" for purposes of deciding which immigrants should be allowed to enter or stay in the United States. An  UNOFFICIAL version of the proposed rule  was finally released on September 22 with a  press release from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is considered "unofficial" because it has not yet been published in the Federal Register. In the coming days it will be available for public inspection online, and will be published in the Federal Register within about a week thereafter. At that point, a 60-day public-comment period will begin. An explanation of the proposed rule can be found in the  September 26 Washington Update  and in the materials below:   NEW:  While We Await Official Notice of Proposed Public Rules Changes, Here are Our Thoughts on Latest Version  (Blog of the Georgetown Center on Children and Families, 9/28/18)

Children Struggle to Access Autism Treatment

By Julie Kornack,  Center for Autism and Related Disorders With a prevalence of  1 in every 59 children , autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has become increasingly commonplace. In turn, the growing autism advocacy community has been extraordinarily effective in engendering the political will to enact laws intended to ensure that individuals with ASD have access to needed therapies such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating the developmental delays and challenging behaviors most commonly associated with ASD. Left untreated, the  cost of autism per capita  is estimated at $3.2 million. Although ABA was first shown to be effective in the late 1980s, private insurance coverage routinely excluded ABA on the basis that it was educational or investigational. This prompted the autism community to pass autism insurance reform bills state-by-state to mandate coverage of ABA. This past summer,  North Dakota  became the 48 th  s

Housing Choice Voucher Opens Mainstream Program Waiting List

Housing Choice Voucher Opens Mainstream Program Waiting List The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has opened the Mainstream Voucher Waiting L ist. The Mainstream Voucher serves people under the age of 62 with a disability. The voucher covers a portion of the rent and the tenant is expected to pay the balance. The tenants' share is generally calculated to be between 30 to 40 percent of their monthly-adjusted gross income for rent and utilities. To request an application, email or call (317) 232-7788 and choose option 9. For questions, contact the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority at or (800) 872 - 0371.  Learn more about the Housing Choice Voucher program at