Study Finds Having a Child with Down Syndrome a Positive Experience

Only younger siblings struggled in some cases, which researchers said wasn’t surprising. MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Families of children with Down syndrome face challenges, but by and large their experiences are positive ones, a new study suggests. Researchers found that in 87 percent of families they surveyed, everyone — parents and siblings — said they loved their family member who had Down syndrome, and almost as many families said they felt pride […]

Parents’ mental health, lack of medical care contribute to disabilities, researchers say

FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — One in seven American children aged 2 to 8 suffers from a mental, behavioral or developmental problem, federal health officials report. Researchers analyzed data supplied by parents in the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, looking for reported speech and language problems, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, anxiety and more. “Based on the number of kids affected, this is something we need to pay attention […]

Baby’s First Test Funds Innovative Newborn Screening Education Program for Hospital NICUs

Baby’s First Test, the nation’s clearinghouse for newborn screening information, is pleased to announce the 2016 Challenge Award recipients. The Challenge Awards program builds upon the creative and inventive nature of the newborn screening community by supporting and funding proposals highlighting innovative solutions to challenges within the newborn screening community. The 2016 Challenge Awards are focused on improving newborn screening education among Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nursing professionals. Each funded project will receive up […]

NCD Releases Report on Medicaid Managed Care

Medicaid Managed Care Community Forums: Final Report March 7, 2016 SUMMARY: In studying the emerging Medicaid issues, the National Council on Disability (NCD) has focused its attention on how changes and proposed changes in delivery systems from planning through implementation are affecting people with disabilities. NCD began articulating its earliest findings and recommendations in 2012 with publication of Analysis and Recommendations for the Implementation of Managed Care in Medicaid and Medicare Programs for People with […]

ABA Coverage To Expand For Federal Employees in 2017

The Office of Personnel Management, which manages the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB), has directed its carriers not to exclude coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) starting next year. The FEHB program is the nation’s largest employer-sponsored health benefits program, covering 8.2 million federal employees, retirees and dependents. OPM urged its participating providers in 2012 for the first time to include ABA coverage, starting with their 2013 policies. Some did. In following years, OPM directed […]