People with developmental disabilities are more than three times more likely than their peers to die from COVID-19. Despite this, most states have prioritized health care workers and people in nursing homes in their initial Covid vaccine rollouts, bypassing numerous high-risk people with disabilities living outside of nursing home settings. As of March 11, 2021, the Centers…

In stark contrast to previous COVID-19 relief bills, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, contains numerous provisions specifically aimed at supporting people with disabilities, especially those living at home with their parents or in need of in-home services. Under the pandemic relief bill, people with incomes of…

How do cities stack up for people with disabilities seeking the best place to live? Which provide the most accessible sidewalks, transportation, entertainment, and parks? Which score high for low-cost housing, jobs, public hospitals, affordable home attendants, or a plentiful supply of doctors, therapists, and other services? WalletHub survey of disability-friendly cities To help answer…

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Social Security Administration (SSA) closed all 1,200 of its field offices to in-person appointments, as well as suspended numerous other services.  One distressing result is that the number of new Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients hit its lowest level on record in January.  It’s the latest sign of the pandemic’s ongoing and…

In its first three weeks in office, President Biden’s administration reversed a range of high-profile Trump Administration regulations that affected disability rights – rules covering Medicaid, disability benefits and reviews, immigration and housing discrimination. Medicaid work rules Since 2018, the Trump Administration had been pushing states to enact work requirements for certain Medicaid recipients to maintain…

A New York City couple has been charged with stealing more than $500,000 in monthly payments that a woman with disabilities was supposed to be receiving as part of a settlement stemming from a medical malpractice lawsuit. The alleged victim, a 43-year-old woman who is deaf, blind, and immobile, and has intellectual disabilities, had previously…

A federal agency has called on the government to end a program that explicitly permits employers to pay hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities less than $1 an hour, calling the practice “rife with abuse and difficult to administer.” The federal minimum wage has stood at $7.25 since 2009, although many states have enacted their…

Those who apply for disability benefits and are initially rejected can appeal, and more times than not they end up winning their case.  But a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reveals that due to the years-long backlog of appeals, thousands of applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are dying or going…

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