Special Ed, Disability Programs Spared In Government Budget Deal
The federal government will increase funding for special education and allocate money to address the needs of caregivers as part of a spending bill that’s expected to be signed by President Donald Trump.
The legislation to fund federal labor, education, health and defense programs for the government’s next fiscal year — which begins in October — passed the U.S. Senate last week and was approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
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Parents Are Leery Of Schools Requiring 'Mental Health' Disclosures By Students
Children registering for school in Florida this year were asked to reveal some history about their mental health.
The new requirement is part of a law rushed through the state legislature after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The state's school districts now must ask whether a child has ever been referred for mental health services on registration forms for new students.
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Proposed Changes to “Public Charge” Policies for Immigrants: Implications for Health Coverage
On September 22, 2018, the Trump Administration announced a proposed rule to make changes to “public charge” policies that govern how the use of public benefits may affect individuals’ ability to enter the U.S. or adjust to legal permanent resident (LPR) status (i.e., obtain a “green card”). The preamble to the proposed rule indicates that its primary goal is to ensure that individuals who apply for admission to the U.S. or for adjustment of status are self-sufficient. The preamble also identifies a range of consequences on the health and financial stability of families as well direct and indirect costs associated with the rule. This fact sheet provides an overview of the proposed rule and its implications for health and health coverage of legal immigrant families and their predominantly U.S.-born children.
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Paralyzed Vets Want to Crack Down on Airlines over Broken, Lost Wheelchairs
A prominent veteran in the Senate received a rude surprise last year when she came off a flight to have her wheelchair collapse underneath her. It was a window into a problem faced by many paralyzed and disabled veterans who are now suing the Department of Transportation, saying their wheelchairs have been lost or damaged by careless airlines.
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