LSA-DN Weekly Update

Disability Network News
Friday, August 30, 2019


Webinar Series: Accreditation

Lutheran Services in America has begun a fall webinar series on accreditation featuring all three major accreditation organizations. The first webinar with the Council on Accreditation occurred on Tuesday, August 27. Calendar invitations to the next two are linked below. Click to add each webinar to your Outlook calendar.

If your organization is not currently accredited, or if you are interested in exploring your accreditation options, join us for this webinar series

Please contact Sheila Weber at or 202-499-5824 if you have any questions.

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Feds Continue To Tweak Medicaid Waiver Rule

Federal officials are working to further clarify how they will determine if living arrangements for people with disabilities are considered community-based versus institutional.

Under a 2014 rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, settings must meet certain criteria in order to be paid for through Medicaid home- and community-based services waivers.

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Feds Weigh In On Medicaid Caregiver Check-In Mandate

Medicaid officials are offering up more details about a new requirement that care providers electronically check in when assisting people with disabilities, but advocates say the guidance doesn’t go far enough.

With a bulletin released this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is further clarifying how the new electronic visit verification, or EVV, mandate applies.

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More States Requiring Insurers To Cover Developmental Disabilities

After the widespread success of state insurance mandates for autism treatment, a grassroots effort is underway to do the same for other developmental disabilities.

This summer, Missouri became the third state to pass a law requiring coverage of medically-necessary therapy for all children with developmental disabilities. The effort was spearheaded by Robyn Schelp, president of Missouri Disability Empowerment, whose son has a rare genetic disorder that is treated with speech, physical and occupational therapy.

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Philly’s sidewalks are so bad they violate federal law protecting people with disabilities, lawsuit contends

Philadelphia’s sidewalks are in such poor condition that they violate federal law that protects people with disabilities, a federal lawsuit filed Monday claims.

“Philadelphia’s failure to create and maintain accessible paths of travel has made it difficult — and, at times, impossible — for me to go to work, school, and church, and has prevented me from being able to fully experience life in Philadelphia with my family,” Liam Dougherty, one of the plaintiffs, said in a statement.

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Research & Reports

The Effects of Medicaid Expansion under the ACA: Updated Findings from a Literature Review

A substantial body of research has investigated effects of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on coverage; access to care and related measures (including utilization, quality of care and health outcomes, provider capacity, and affordability and financial security); and various economic measures. This issue brief summarizes findings from 324 studies of the impact of state Medicaid expansions under the ACA published beginning in January 2014 (when the coverage provisions of the ACA went into effect) and updates earlier versions of this brief with studies through June 2019.

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Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

5 Incredible Parathletes to Get to Know One Year Out from the 2020 Paralympic Games

The 2020 Paralympic Games are officially one year away — and some of America's most incredible athletes are preparing to hopefully get their big shot on the world stage. Here's who to follow throughout the next 12 months!.

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Lego just released audio and Braille instructions. They did it because of a blind man who never gave up.

Matthew Shifrin first discovered Legos when he thrust his hands deep inside a crate crammed full of the tiny brick toys.

His babysitter, Lilya Finkel, had spotted the discarded box on the side of the road and helped Shifrin, who is blind, haul it inside the car. She believed he would learn to enjoy them just as much as sighted children did. Shifrin, who was 5 at the time, said the thrilling crate launched a lifelong devotion.

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2020 LSA-DN Winter Meeting

January 26-29, 2020
Atlantic Beach, Florida


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