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LTSS as it relates to Medical Expense Deduction

by National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

If Congress ends the Medical Expense Deduction, many Americans paying for Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) costs will not be able to pay for both LTSS and federal income tax at the same time. Raising the standard deduction and lowering rates will not address the issue. Why? Because many chronically ill Americans will pay all of their income towards care, and without the Medical Expense Deduction they could still have a tax liability that they cannot afford to pay.



2016 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program (MD UCEDD/LEND)

Brian Paxton, a rising third-year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, was accepted into the 2016 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program, to work 300 hours with Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD.



The Student "Draft IEP" Tool at WIHD UCEDD/LEND

WIHD has updated its popular Student "Draft IEP" Tool ( The tool, developed by Naomi Brickel, helps students to prepare information for IEP development and generate their own "draft IEP" to share with the rest of the IEP team. This serves to increase student understanding of the IEP process and facilitates student participation in IEP discussions. Research indicates that students who are involved in their special education program planning are more successful in school. However, many students do not even attend their IEP meetings, and of those who do, few participate in a meaningful way.



Action Needed - Tax Bill and Affordable Care Act

Both the full House and the Senate Finance Committee passed different versions of the tax bill on November 16. Your Members of Congress will be on recess from November 20-24. There will likely be a Senate vote in late November, and although concerns about the bill have been expressed by Senators in both parties, including Senators Susan Collins (R-MA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John McCain (R-AZ), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR),the time to act is now! The President has said he wants a tax overhaul signed into law before Christmas.



Health & Disability Digest - November 2017



Thanksgiving Recess - Action Needed - Tax Bill and Affordable Care Act

On November 16, the full House (HR 1) and the Senate Finance Committee (see results of session and amendments) passed legislation that would make drastic changes to the tax code. The Senate version would repeal the requirement in current law that all Americans must have health insurance coverage. This individual mandate is a critical part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which helps keep premium costs lower than they otherwise would be without the requirement. Meet with your Members of Congress while they are back home, November 20-24. Use this action alert to help educate them.



Health Care Reform: A Research to Policy Brief

Written by: Christine Marcella Grosso, Kim Musheno, John Tschida, Denise Rozell, Adriane Griffen, AUCD

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The main goals of this landmark health reform law are to: expand access to coverage, improve the quality of care, and make coverage more affordable. Since its passage, the ACA has extended health insurance coverage to approximately 20 million people and contributed toward slower growth of health care costs. The ACA contains many provisions intended to ensure accessible, comprehensive, affordable, non-discriminatory coverage for consumers, especially people with disabilities.



GAO Report - Voters with Disabilities: Observations on Polling Place Accessibility and Related Federal Guidance

GAO examined a nongeneralizable sample of 178 polling places during early in-person voting and on Election Day 2016. At these polling places, GAO examined a number of features outside and inside the voting area. Outside the voting area, GAO was able to examine features at all 178 polling places and found that 60 percent (107) had one or more potential impediments. The most common were steep ramps located outside buildings, lack of signs indicating accessible paths, and poor parking or path surfaces.



IHD 50 years of Service (AZ UCEDD)

After five decades of service to the state of Arizona, the Institute for Human Development is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. After beginning as the Northern Arizona University Rehabilitation Center, then President Walkup officially changed its name to the Institute for Human Development. This change was necessitated due to the changing status within the university and the new scope of programs which they were developing. The move towards expanding its focus on addressing behavioral and social problems and not just rehabilitation created the need for this change. So, after getting approval from NAU President Walkup and informing Mr. Holdship, then Director of the Arizona Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Rehabilitation Center was re-designated as of September 1, 1967 to the "Institute for Human Development".



Position Opening: 2018 Assistant Virtual Trainee

The Assistant Virtual Trainee (AVT) is a trainee who has a strong desire to learn more about project management and the importance of engaging others to advance the mission of a national nonprofit and its broader network. The AVT will have designated responsibilities within the Virtual Trainee (VT)'s annual virtual map project that aims to highlight and connect the diverse and emerging leaders in the network. The VT and AVT will work together to maintain, sustain and evaluate the virtual map to ensure its relevance and success. Additionally, the AVT will help the VT brainstorm strategies on how to effectively communicate with trainees nationwide through a variety of web-based platform. Lastly, the AVT will have the opportunity to manage a project from start to end that helps brand AUCD: the t-shirt contest. The contest allows trainees to submit their own t-shirt design that will be worn at the Disability Policy Seminar, and by hundreds of Directors, Training Directors and trainees nationwide.



Submissions Requested - Inclusive Approaches to Health for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

Due November 20th

Special Olympics International (SOI), in collaboration with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), is working to support national level organizations to adopt and promote inclusive approaches to health for persons with intellectual disabilities (ID) with an eye to creating the tipping point for a health system that is inclusive of all people, including people with ID.



AUCD360 - November 2017



Tuesdays with Liz - Tim Shriver

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics, about leadership and people with disabilities.



10 years of the LEND Family Trainee in Oregon

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Family Trainee fellowship in the Oregon Health & Science University's LEND program. The Alumni gathered on September 28th for happy hour on the OHSU campus to celebrate and look back at their many accomplishments.



American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities - A Resource You Should Know About!

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Children with Disabilities (COCWD) is comprised of over 600 diverse physician members (eg, neurodevelopmental pediatricians, developmental and behavioral pediatricians, geneticists, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, physical medical and rehabilitation pediatricians, and general pediatricians) who care for or have an interest in children and youth with disabilities, including those with complex needs.

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