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

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March 26, 2019
Disability Scoop (March 26) Rising Costs Force Disability Programs to Shrink or Close Organizations providing in-home care, therapy and job training to clients with disabilities in high-cost markets are struggling to keep their doors open.
March 26, 2019
The New York Times (3/26, Bakalar) reports in “Well” that research indicates “older Americans are having fewer heart attacks and surviving them longer than ever before.” Investigators “analyzed records of 4.3 million Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart attacks from 1995 through 2014.” The data indicated that “the number of people hospitalized declined by 38 perce
March 26, 2019
Disability Scoop (March 26) ‘Game-Changing’ App Helps Police Interact with People with Special Needs In the past, police might have had little information to help them navigate interactions with individuals who have disabilities, but one app could help change that.
March 26, 2019
Tallahassee Democrat (March 26) Vulnerable seniors would be protected under proposed legislation
March 26, 2019
The Idaho State Journal (3/26, Johnson) reports “elder abuse fraud continues to be widespread, a crime costing older Americans billions every year,” with an “alarming figure encompassing many different scams aimed at tricking” older adults into providing “personal information which puts their money and or identity at risk.” According to AARP Idaho Director of Outreach Cath
March 26, 2019
In continuing coverage, the Tennessean (3/26, Bliss, Ebert) reports that the Tennessee “House and Senate advanced on Tuesday legislation that would provide a Medicaid pathway for children with severe disabilities living at home with their parents.” Several families provided testimony that “brought one lawmaker to tears and inspired emotional commentary from several others.
March 25, 2019
The Houston Chronicle (3/25, Morris) reports a recent audit by Texas Legislative Budget Board staff has found the state “pays $3.3 billion a year to companies that manage health care for medically fragile children, but the state isn’t taking necessary steps to ensure the contractors are meeting the children’s needs.” Since the state began its Medicaid managed care program
March 23, 2019
How These Grandparents Became America’s Unofficial Social Safety Net Washington Post (3/23, Andrew Van Dam)
March 22, 2019
The Albuquerque (NM) Journal (3/22, McKay) reported that New Mexico state departments of Health and Human Services are under order by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) to craft a plan to help residents with developmental disabilities who are waiting for state services.
March 21, 2019
The Los Angeles Times (3/21, Pearlman) profiles Kim Farrell, a traveling dentist hygienist whose “specialized training allows her to provide services to people who typically have difficulty visiting a traditional dental practice.” Farrell services “homebound and disabled children and adults, as well as clients in nursing homes and other 24-hour care facilities.” A group ca

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