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Medicaid Changes for December 2011

November 29th, 2011

Changes to New York’s Medicaid program will take effect in December 2011 in New York City and in January 2012 for upstate residents. The changes are as follows:

–          Children ages 6-18 are now eligible for Medicaid at the same income level as younger children – 133% of the federal poverty limit. The change should decrease the need for families to move their children between Medicaid and Child Health Plus after their sixth birthday. It is viewed as a step in the direction of the simplifications required by the Affordable Care Act.

–          Medicaid recipients receiving Social Security as their only source of income will not need to renew their Medicaid cases, if their resources were below 85% of the Medicaid resource level at the last renewal or at application, whichever was later (the Medicaid resource level is $13,800 for a single person and $20,100 for a couple). SSI-related recipients should receive a notice informing them that their Medicaid coverage will continue unchanged and explaining that they do not need to respond to the mailing unless they have change to report in income, resources, health insurance or residence.

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The Department of Transportation (DOT) Proposes Air Travel Accessibility Requirements

November 14th, 2011

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has introduced supplementary consumer protection requirements for airline passengers in an effort to make flying more convenient and hassle-free.

The proposal by the DOT would require airlines to make their websites accessible to individuals with disabilities and ensure that their ticket agents do the same. This proposal would also require airlines to make automated kiosks at U.S. airports accessible to passengers with disabilities.

This plan is the latest in a series of DOT steps to carry out the Air Carrier Access Act, and to ensure equal access to air transportation for all travelers.
These new requirements will expand travel opportunities for individuals with disabilities and allow for easier access at airports.

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Re-Energizing Family Advocacy featuring Mohan Mehra, The Arc

November 9th, 2011

Arc President Mohan Mehra discusses Re-Energizing Family Advocacy with Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP.

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