March 3: On a Related Note

The good, bad and ugly of the week.

People say they care about disability rights but they don’t.

Dick’s Sporting Goods to stop selling assault rifles immediately.

Hiring autistic people because they have autistic traits (via Tilt Parenting’s Debbie Reber’s e-newsletter).

Short Story: The Yellow Wallpaper. This is a classic but with 2018 eyes, it feels different. The point was taking away women’s rights made them “mentally weak,” not a lack of rest and domesticity. Questioning doctors now is common and often right but then there are anti-vaxxers who make it hard to look at this story the same way. The saving grace is rest cures weren’t based on any science.

Make those calls: Money Follows the Person about to go broke. Hope is this money will be in the upcoming omnibus bill but we all know that’s far from guaranteed.

In December, U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., introduced the EMPOWER Care Act (S. 2227) that calls for allocating $450 million per year for five years to renew the program.

“Helping people access long-term care while staying in their own homes is a win-win,” Cantwell said in a statement at the time. “Patients prefer it, and it saves money.”

The Department of Health and Human Services report found that for people with physical disabilities, monthly costs to Medicare and Medicaid in the first year after transitioning into the community decreased by an average of 23 percent. For those with intellectual disabilities, average monthly costs dropped even more, by 30 percent.

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