LSA-DN Weekly Update

Disability Network News
Friday, November 8, 2019


Register Now for the LSA-DN Winter Meeting

Take a break from winter and join your colleagues for an invigorating meeting in sunny Florida from January 29-January 31, 2020. Our winter meeting will focus on data, outcomes, and building and sustaining a direct service workforce in a challenging Medicaid landscape. Register now. 

Click here to make reservations at One Ocean Resort and Spa

*Note If you are attending CEO Summit, you should register for your hotel room through the CEO Summit link. See article below. 

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Register Now for Lutheran Services in America CEO Summit

Join us January 26–29 in Atlantic Beach, Florida, for the Lutheran Services in America CEO Summit 2020, where we’ll explore concrete ways successful CEOs are designing the future so their organizations can grow, thrive and respond to evolving needs.

Note CEO Summit will be followed immediately by our LSA-DN Winter Meeting. If you are attending both CEO Summit and the DN Winter Meeting, you should be able to extend your hotel reservation through the CEO Summit Link. If you have any problems with this, please alert Dania Douglas at

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Senators Join Effort To Increase SSI Asset Limits

A push to allow people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income to keep more assets and remove a penalty affecting those who marry is gaining steam.

Members of the U.S. Senate introduced legislation last week that would significantly increase the amount of money that SSI beneficiaries can retain.

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Florida unnecessarily put children with disabilities in nursing homes. It's still fighting the federal lawsuit

Florida is asking a full federal appeals court to take up a dispute about whether the U.S. Department of Justice can pursue a lawsuit against the state over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act – a case stemming from concerns about “medically fragile” children being placed in nursing homes.
Lawyers for the state last week asked for a rehearing before the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a request known as seeking an “en banc” hearing. The request came after a three-judge panel of the court in September backed the authority of the Department of Justice to pursue the lawsuit.

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Research & Reports

Bioethics and Report Series: Quality-Adjusted Life Years and the Devaluation of Life with Disability

Healthcare coverage decisions are of vital importance to people with disabilities and their families. If the medications and treatments that extend or improve the lives of people with disabilities are not covered by insurance, they will not have access to needed health care, and will have lower quality of life and lower life expectancy. Public and private insurance providers sometimes attempt to limit their healthcare spending in ways that reduce people with disabilities’ access to health care. One of the means by which they do so is by refusing to cover (or by limiting access to) healthcare treatments based on their cost-effectiveness. One metric often used to help calculate cost-effectiveness— quality-adjusted life years (QALYs)—may have a negative impact on the health and welfare of people with disabilities

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Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

Report: Characters With Disabilities ‘Marginalized’ In Kids’ TV, Movies

Characters with disabilities are largely missing from children’s television and film and when they are shown, they’re routinely portrayed as helpless, a new report finds.

Fewer than 1 percent of leading characters on kids’ television shows last year had disabilities. By contrast, 8.1 percent of prominent characters in family-friendly films had disabilities — the highest percentage in a decade — though this proportion still falls far short of reflecting real life.

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Upcoming Events

LSA-DN 2020 Winter Meeting
January 26-29, 2020
Atlantic Beach, Florida

LSA-DN 2020 Summer Meeting
August 5-7, 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio


For more information on our topic specific work groups, please email Dania Douglas at

  • Policy & Advocacy Team
  • Culture and Engagement Workgroup
  • Administrative Cost Survey Working Group

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Dania Douglas 
Director of Public Policy
LSA Disability Network
Lutheran Services in America