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Showing posts from May 8, 2022

May 19 Deadline for Media Scholarship Opportunity

The American Association of People with Disabilities is accepting applications for the 2022 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarships, awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing careers in media, communications, or entertainment industries.  Read more and apply by  May 19 .

The Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act

On April 28, 2022, Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5th), Jim Banks (R-IN-3rd) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-2nd)  introduced The Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act . “Quality-adjusted life years” (QALYs) are a metric used to determine the cost-effectiveness of medications and treatment in healthcare. The metric is a subjective quality of life standard that anticipates a person’s lifespan. The use of QALYs can lead to denying medications and treatment to those with disabilities throughout their life course, from childhood to adulthood. Currently, only Medicare is prohibited from using QALYs. The bill would expand access to treatment and prevent discrimination against people with disabilities by prohibiting the use of QALYs in all federal programs. In 2019, the  National Council on Disability  issued the report  Quality-Adjusted Life Years and the Devaluation of Life with Disability . The report outlines the evidence of the discriminatory effects of QALYs and examples of

HRSA Awards Nearly $25 Million to Expand Access to School-Based Health Services

May 3 -  Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded nearly $25 million to improve and strengthen access to school-based health services in communities across the country. Awards will support local partnerships between schools and health centers to provide children and youth the comprehensive physical and mental health care they need. “When students are healthy, they are able to learn, grow, and thrive,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Our nation’s youth have endured many challenges navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are committed to ensuring they have the support they need. Today we’re investing in school-based health care to meet families where they are and make sure children have easy access to care – including mental health support.” Read the release .

CNF's Digital Access Program is Open

Digital Access is families' avenue to telehealth and resources.  The Digital Divide program is giving families with children with neurological conditions a refurbished Chromebook, and if applicable, a hotspot for a year. Apply Now

Infant Formula Safety Tips

  From USDA Food and Nutrition Service Some steps to ensure the safety of infant formula include: Choose an infant formula that’s safe.  For more information on choosing an infant formula that’s safe, visit the  CDC  and  FDA  pages on the topic. Don’t make homemade infant formula.  See the  FDA’s page  for more information. Do not buy formula online that comes from outside the United States.  This formula could be   counterfeit , for example it might have a fake label with a wrong use-by-date. Properly prepare and store infant formula.  For information on proper preparation and storage, visit the  CDC’s page . Properly clean, sanitize, and store infant feeding items.  Visit the  CDC’s page  for more information. Always wash your hands.  For information on how and when to wash your hands, visit the  CDC’s page .

Helping Young Children Who Are Socially Anxious

From Child Mind Institute Some kids have trouble joining in with other kids. It can be especially hard for shy, anxious or sensitive kids. Often, they feel overwhelmed by big groups. Even if they want to play, they don’t know how to break the ice and join in. A lot of times, once they get past the hard beginning part, they have a good time. And sometimes when they just sit on the sidelines, they’re still having fun. As a parent, it’s hard to watch your kid struggle to fit in with the group. But struggling doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with your kid or with you as a parent. Just like grown-ups, some kids are more outgoing than others. Read the full article here

Expanding Health Care Affordability for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

From  Justice In Aging   When: Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET Many states continue to use outdated and overly stringent financial eligibility criteria in Medicaid programs for older adults and people with disabilities. However, states have broad discretion to adjust their financial eligibility criteria, including raising the income limits and increasing and eliminating asset limits to make Medicaid more affordable. Advocates in California, New York, and Washington have had several recent successes in broadening Medicaid income and asset limits to better align programs with the eligibility criteria used for the Medicaid expansion program and with the affordability principles of the Affordable Care Act.  Join us for a webinar,  Expanding Health Care Affordability for Older Adults and People with Disabilities , to learn how advocates secured changes in Medicaid eligibility limits and what steps you can take in your state.  Read more about the topic in this issue bri

Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance

IHCDA is pleased to offer up to 18 months of rental assistance to eligible households through the  Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance   (IERA) program. More than 23,600 Hooser households have received rental assistance, and applications for new households are still being accepted. Eligible households will continue to receive an initial payment which includes payment for past due rent, late fees, and an additional payment of three months of forward-facing rent, up to the maximum of 18 months. Households with months of assistance remaining after their initial payment will be prompted, via email or by logging in to their application portal, to recertify for additional assistance by completing the recertification form online. Landlords should continue to communicate with eligible households concerning their initial payment, its impact on their rental account, and the ability to recertify for additional assistance after their initial payment.

Study Finds High Need for Health Services by Mothers of Chronically Ill Children

  Mothers of children with chronic conditions use more health services, particularly psychotherapy, than other mothers, according to researchers at Stanford University and Denmark’s Aarhus University. Their study also found that the long-term physical and psychological challenges of caregiving can take a toll on mothers’ health and force them to leave the workforce. The authors suggest that a better understanding of these challenges could lead to interventions that protect these mothers’ physical and mental health.  Read about the study .