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 11, 2020
Wall Street Journal (June 11)
June 11, 2020
Some PPE Received From Government Is Unusable, Nursing Homes Say. The Wall Street Journal (6/11, Mathews, Subscription Publication) reports some nursing home say PPE they’ve received from the government is unusable, such as plastic gowns that don’t meet certain requirements for infection control.
June 11, 2020
Disability Scoop (6/11, Diament) reports HHS this week “said...that some $15 billion will go toward providers serving individuals covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, including home- and community-based services.” The funds are “part of the $175 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund that federal lawmakers created in a pair of
June 10, 2020
In a piece for the New York Times (6/10, Levine), Hallie Levine writes about her daughter’s inability to participate in “usual” summer activities this year, as she has Down syndrome, and “is at high-risk for [COVID-19] complications.” Although “an intellectual disability itself isn’t a risk factor for [COVID-19]...kids with developmental disabilities often have other unde
June 10, 2020
PBS NewsHour (6/10, Quinton) carries a segment on Americans with disabilities and how their lifestyles have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, advocates are “sounding the alarm that Congress needs to do more to help society’s most vulnerable” members.
June 10, 2020
New York Times (June 10) When a Grandchild Asks, ‘Are You Going to Die?’ With the coronavirus largely affecting people who are grandparent-aged, it’s a good time to talk with children about death.
June 10, 2020
Today’s Caregiver/Caregiver.com (June 10) Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator Lance Robertson spoke with Gary Barg about resources for older adults and family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Video interview)
June 9, 2020
NPR (6/9, Shapiro) reports, “People with intellectual disabilities and autism who contract COVID-19 die at higher rates than the rest of the population, according to an analysis by NPR of numbers obtained from two states that collect data. They also contract the virus at a higher rate, according to research looking in group homes across the country.”
June 9, 2020
The AP (6/9, Eaton-Robb) reports, “Health care facilities in Connecticut will be required to allow patients with disabilities to be accompanied by a support person despite restrictions imposed on visitors during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an agreement announced Tuesday between the state and the U.S.

Last modified on 05/21/2020


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