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. 

November 16, 2021
Public Health Experts Turn To Ad Campaigns Featuring Those Sickened By “Long COVID” To Encourage Vaccinations. The Washington Post (11/16, Sun, 10.52M) reports, “With nearly a third of American adults unvaccinated as the country enters the higher-risk winter months, some public health experts are turning to ad campaigns that feature the voices of people in their 20s sickened by ‘long COVID’ as a way to try to motivate many younger people still reluctant to g
November 15, 2021
The Los Angeles Times (11/15, Reyes) reports on the costs incurred by people who use wheelchairs, many of which are not covered by insurance. The piece describes Beth Smith, whose “insurance plan caps its coverage for wheelchairs and other ‘durable medical equipment’ at $2,000 a year, she said – far less than the $17,000 cost of her motorized chair.” Because of this, “she’s going to court.
November 15, 2021
CBS News (11/15, Cleave) reports, “Because of the passage of the new bipartisan infrastructure legislation, nearly $2 billion is coming to transit agencies across the country to help address an accessibility gap.” Approximately “20% of all transit stations in the U.S.
November 15, 2021
Medpage Today (November 15) Opinion: Nursing Homes Have More Than Just a COVID Problem Facilities must learn from the pandemic and improve infection control for a range of diseases.  
November 12, 2021
New York Times (November 12) Judge Ends Conservatorship Overseeing Britney Spears’s Life and Finances The pop star had called the arrangement, which governed her life for nearly 14 years, exploitative. A just ruled it was “no longer required.”
November 11, 2021
Washington Post (November 11) For some workers with disabilities, the pandemic brought surprising benefits. Now the flexibility is fading with a return to the old ways of working. The shift to Work From Home and a move to greater flexibility helped workers with disabilities. Many hope they will remain permanent fixtures of the post-pandemic workplace.
November 11, 2021
CBS News (November 11) CVS Withdraws Supreme Court Case on Disability Rights, Announces New Partnership
November 11, 2021
Federal Judge Orders Halt To Texas Ban On Mask Mandates In Schools. The AP (11/11) reports that a federal judge on Wednesday “ordered a halt to the enforcement of Texas’ ban on mask mandates in the state’s schools.” US District Judge Lee Yeakel “ruled in Austin that the ban ordered by Republican Gov.
November 11, 2021
Disability Scoop (November 11) Airbnb Works to Improve Offerings for Those with Disabilities Airbnb, which has faced accusations of discrimination against travelers with disabilities in the past, is stepping up its efforts to better accommodate guests with various needs.
November 10, 2021
Boston Globe (November 10)

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