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Women’s Health and Disability Study

Posted in Disability, Outreach, and Research

Researchers from the University of Michigan are reaching out to women with physical disabilities in our community to learn about their experiences and important topics related to their gynecological and reproductive health.
This study will involve a focus group that will last about 1 1/2 hours. During the focus group participants will share their feedback and experiences about this area of their health.  To be eligible, you must be between 18 and 50 years old and have had a physical disability for more than 6 months.  Participants will receive a $25 gift card.
For more information:  Call: 734-763-0430 | Email: whdresearch@umich.edu

World AIDS Day

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, and Public Awareness

“On this World AIDS Day we are here to remind you that ‘Everybody Counts’!

Everybody counts if we are to achieve universal health coverage and everybody must count if we are to eliminate AIDS and viral hepatitis as public health threats. Health services should be adapted to reach and meet the needs of those populations most at risk and affected, and this includes implementing a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to stigma and discrimination in all health services, and fully engaging communities as equal and essential partners in the response.”

See the full statement from Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus here:  http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2017/world-aids-day/en/

National Call-In Day on Wednesday, November 29

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, and Public Awareness

Stop the #TaxOnDisability

The individual mandate, tax credits, and medical deductions make the lives of disabled Americans easier.

The GOP wants to end them.

If the GOP Senate manages to eliminate the individual mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act insurance premiums are projected to increase by 10% on average and an estimated 13 million people will lose health insurance. Worse yet, the tax bill raises the deficit by $1.5 trillion. Not only will this destabilize the marketplace, it will also throw people with disabilities and pre-existing conditions into the deep end of “high risk pools” which will, by all accounts, CHARGE CONSUMERS MORE FOR LESS COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE.

When combined with the tax legislation proposed by the House of Representatives, the proposed bills also threaten to harm disabled Americans in other dangerous and sneaky ways.

For more information, please visit: http://mailchi.mp/dredf/national-call-in-day?e=857c8f2d3a

Airbnb Acquires Site Offering Accessible Accommodations

Posted in Disability, and Public Awareness

“Airbnb has sometimes come under fire for lack of access for travelers with disabilities. The home-stay company says it wants to do better. So it’s buying Accomable, a London company that arranges vacation stays in private homes that have verified accessibility features.

‘We want to help create new policies and procedures for vetting Airbnb properties, to make sure an Airbnb customer with accessibility needs can trust its offerings the same way they’d trust an Accomable listing,’ said Srin Madipalli, 31, Accomable CEO. An inveterate traveler and wheelchair user, he co-founded the London company two years ago after encountering many obstacles with accommodations during his globe-trotting.”

For full article visit:  https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2017/11/17/airbnb-acquires-site-accessible/24442/

Sensitive Santa at Morgantown Mall

Posted in Disability, and Public Awareness

SENSITIVE SANTA

Sunday, December 3rd │ 9am – 11am

This is a special time with Santa reserved for children with Autism, sensory-disorders, and other disabilities. We make Santa’s Workshop sensory-friendly and have activities for the children to do while they wait to sit on Santa’s lap.

We invite your whole family to join us for this event. Arrive any time between 9am and 11am – no appointment or RSVP necessary.

If you have any questions or to let us know you’ll be bringing your child, just email sarah.shaffer@washingtonprime.com.

From https://morgantownmall.com/events-news/event/caring-santa

Winter Wonderland

Posted in Disability, Group, and Public Awareness

Winter Wonderland Northern WV Center for Independent Living Youth Holiday Party!  When: December 15, 2017 from 6-8 pm  Where: 601-3 E Brockway Ave Suite A&B Morgantown, WV 26501   Who: Youth with disabilities; ages 14-24  Please join us for a night of holiday fun, festivities and food! This will provide a chance for youth with disabilities in our area to meet their peers and learn about upcoming youth activities.  Please RSVP to Riley at 304-296-6091 or at rfreeland@nwvcil.org by December 11th. If attending, please notify Riley of any accommodations needed.

Northern WV Center for Independent Living Youth Holiday Party!

When: December 15, 2017 from 6-8 pm

Where: 601-3 E Brockway Ave Suite A&B Morgantown, WV 26501

Who: Youth with disabilities; ages 14-24

Please join us for a night of holiday fun, festivities and food! This will provide a chance for youth with disabilities in our area to meet their peers and learn about upcoming youth activities. Please RSVP to Riley at 304-296-6091 or at rfreeland@nwvcil.org by December 11th. If attending, please notify Riley of any accommodations needed.

Open Enrollment

Posted in Disability, and Public Awareness

From the Bureau of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities:

West Virginians who need to enroll, re-enroll or switch health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace  at  www.healthcare.gov should note that the annual open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace opens today and will be open a total of six weeks. It will will run from Nov. 1, 2017 through Dec. 15, 2017.

Consumers not covered by an employer-sponsored or a public plan can compare and enroll in individual health insurance plans via online exchanges operated via the federal government.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Procrastinators, beware. The 2018 healthcare.gov open enrollment period is Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2017, with coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
•  Need help?  Call the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner Consumer Services at 1-888-879-9842, TTY 1-800-435-7381.
• Have unpaid premiums? Beginning with 2018 open enrollment, insurance companies may be permitted to collect unpaid 2017 premiums before providing coverage in 2018.
• Want to carry over coverage? If you’re currently covered through the exchange and do not choose a plan for 2018, you will be re-enrolled in the same or a similar plan. Compare your existing plan against others in the marketplace to find the best fit.
• Not covered? Anyone without health insurance must pay a penalty for every month they are uninsured (unless they qualify for an exemption). If you lose coverage due to job loss or another
qualifying event, you have up to 90 days to secure coverage or pay a fee assessed against your tax return.

RETHINK YOUR RESEARCH
No matter which insurance option fits your needs, three simple steps will help you focus your research efforts, cut through the clutter and get smart about YOUR health insurance needs:
1.  Start early. The more information you gather, the smarter your decisions.
2.  Stay informed. The health insurance landscape is evolving rapidly. What is true today may be false tomorrow.
3.  Shop around. What made sense this year may not be the best solution next year, particularly if your employment situation has changed. Take time to shop around.