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Disability Groups Claim Crucial Medical Equipment is “Under Attack”: Urge Congress to Pass Corrective Bill

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON Rep. Zeldin says Congress must now act again to ensure that a more permanent fix is granted. Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) is spearheading an effort to protect people with disabilities by ensuring they have access to essential medical equipment, such as specialized power wheelchairs, seating systems, and other adaptive equipment (collectively called Complex Rehabilitation Technology or CRT). To this end, he has introduced legislation (H.R. 3229) that […]

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Me and the Wahls Protocol

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON Over the 47 years that I’ve lived with MS, there have been any number of claimed “cures” and “treatments” for the disease, promising everything from a complete recovery to partial alleviation of some or all of the condition’s symptoms. While I’ve ignored many of these purported treatments as being too outlandish or dangerous (for instance, being stung by bees multiple times), I’ve embraced and tried others that appeared […]

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U.S. Will Forgive Student Debt of Severely Disabled Borrowers

The Obama Administration has taken steps to erase $7.7 billion in federal student loans owed by nearly 400,000 totally and permanently disabled Americans. At a time when outstanding student debt has topped $1.3 trillion, the Obama Administration has taken steps to erase $7.7 billion in federal student loans owed by nearly 400,000 totally and permanently disabled Americans. It plans to do so under the 2012 regulatory changes to the total and permanent disability (TPD) discharge […]

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New Jersey first state to enact ABLE in 2016

Trenton, NJ−Governor Chris Christie has signed ABLE legislation that will allow families the opportunity to set up tax-free 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses. The bill received unanimous support in votes in both chambers. The legislation was sponsored by Senate President Stephen, Senator Dawn Addiego and Assemblymembers Pamela Lampitt, Louis Greenwald, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson and Vincent Mazzeo. The New Jersey ABLE legislation follows upon enactment by the federal government of the Stephen Beck, Jr., […]

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Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel; Consideration of Negotiated Rulemaking Process

Summary The Department of Transportation (“Department” or “DOT”) announces that it is exploring the feasibility of conducting a negotiated rulemaking (Reg Neg) concerning accommodations for air travelers with disabilities addressing inflight entertainment, supplemental medical oxygen, service animals, accessible lavatories on single-aisle aircraft, seating accommodations, and carrier reporting of disability service requests. The Department has hired a convener to speak with interested parties about the feasibility of conducting this Reg Neg. The Department anticipates that the […]