In the News

In the News is a collection of news stories about aging and disability issues, as well as news stories about ACL and ACL programs.

All of these links ultimately take you to external news websites. The information in the articles does not necessarily reflect the positions of ACL or the federal government, and ACL does not endorse the content of the articles or the publishing organizations. 

June 10, 2021
The AP (6/10, Nichols) reports, “A Michigan task force has come up with legislation aimed at protecting senior citizens from abuse by creating requirements and oversight for their guardians and conservators, state Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday.” The goal of the “task force was to create more transparency in the selection of people for those roles and protecting some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.”
June 10, 2021
The Oregonian (6/10, Zarkhin) reports that an Oregon company, Mentor Oregon, “is shutting down its group homes and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities following years of state and federal scrutiny for abuse and neglect of the people in its care, state officials said this week.” The company’s “departure will be the largest of its kind in memory, advocates and a top state official said, and will likely prove challenging for Oregon’s alre
June 9, 2021
The Cleveland Plain Dealer (6/9, MacDonald) reports, “The transition from high school to adulthood is a critical moment for young adults with an autism spectrum disorder, but new research from Case Western Reserve University suggests many of those individuals are struggling to access the services that could help them thrive.” Young adults “with
June 9, 2021
At Least 70% Of Adults Have Received At Least One COVID-19 Vaccine Dose In 13 States.         The New York Times (6/9, A1, Rojas, Smith) reports “public health departments have held vaccine clinics at churches...organized rides to clinics,” and “even offered a spin around a NASCAR track for anyone willing to get a shot.” However, “the country’s vaccination campaign is sputtering, especially in the South, where there are far more doses than people who will ta
June 9, 2021
The New York Times (6/9, Miller) reported that traditional Medicare “pays for dentistry only in very limited circumstances,” and while many Medicare Advantage plans do include dental coverage, “the limits on what those plans cover vary widely.” Overall, “two-thirds of all people on Medicare don’t have dental coverage,” and “the unmet need” for dental care in “the Medicare population is high.” The Times added that “low-income seniors are most likely to go without care,
June 9, 2021
Queens Daily Eagle (June 9) Subway accessibility plan passes Borough Board, disability advocates remain skeptical
June 8, 2021
USA Today (6/8, Avery) reports, “Brand-name prescription drugs widely used by seniors saw their slowest average annual price increase in 2020 since 2006,” but the 2.9% rise “is still twice the country’s general inflation rate of 1.3%, according to a report from the AARP.” The findings demonstrated “insurance-negotiated prices of 260 brand-name prescription drugs have increased, on average, faster than general inflation every year since 2006.”
June 8, 2021
Disability Scoop (6/8, Heasley) reports the US Department of Justice said the Maine Department of Health and Human Services will adjust its policies for offering disability services to address Americans with Disabilities Act violation concerns.
June 8, 2021
The Next Avenue (6/8, Jaffe) reports, “Nursing home residents are using new digital skills to push for legislative changes that affect them.” Residents who have been “using digital technology to reach out to family and friends” are also using “it to connect with elected officials once the legislature moved to remote hearings.” According to the article, “the combination of a virtual legislature and nursing home residents equipped with internet access has created an opp
June 7, 2021
The Washington Post (6/7, Sampson) reports that “the country’s largest airlines have lost or damaged at least 15,425 wheelchairs or scooters since they were required to start reporting those numbers to the government at the end of 2018.” The Post says “the Department of Transportation proposed collecting data on damage to wheelchairs and scooters back in 2011, but those details weren’t included in regular reports until December 2018.” It took an amendment to the FAA r

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