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Columbus,Ohio (PR MediaRelease) May 16, 2017 - The Ohio Supreme Court issued rulings more favorable to the position of open government advocates during the past two years than during the previous five years, according to an analysis by the Ohio Coalition for Open Government (OCOG). During the 2015 and 2016 calendar years, the Court issued 13 rulings which OCOG considered supportive of open government, open meeting, and sunshine law issues. These rulings including high-profile cases Read more
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) May 9, 2017 - Texas nursing homes disagree on the best route to improve Medicaid funding this session. We all share the goal of improving nursing home care, but that’s been lost in the noise of disagreement between advocates. It’s time to rethink where the problem truly rests — in the Texas Legislature’s lack of interest in improving Medicaid funding using state dollars to ensure quality care. Read more
Watertown,South Dakota (PR MediaRelease) May 8, 2017 - A recent AP article regarding the initiated measure seeking to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia in South Dakota demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of what that measure says and does. The article described the measure as being limited to voluntary suicide for people at the end of life. The measure also applies to people with years or decades to live Read more
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) April 7, 2017 - Can you imagine if state lawmakers wanted to tax private schools to balance the Texas public school budget? Texans would be outraged by such an absurd proposal. This outrageous scheme is precisely what some lawmakers want to do with nursing homes. Read more
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) March 28, 2017 - On Monday, the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee met to discuss Senate Bill 1130, a “granny tax” on nursing home residents and private business owners. The hearing revealed the tax would generate over $800 million, with no legislative oversight on how that money would be spent. Read more
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) March 27, 2017 - More than 150 years ago, Texans set aside a fund to provide free textbooks to children in the state’s public schools, and ever since leaders have worked to keep faith with that covenant. Until now. Now, the Texas legislature seems determined on abandoning their commitment and raiding the proceeds of the Permanent School Fund which provides not only for books, but the 21st Century technology our children will need to succeed. Read more
Sacramento,California (PR MediaRelease) March 22, 2017 - Disability Rights California (DRC) and the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) today called on the California congressional delegation to preserve access to Medicaid services (Medi-Cal in CA). The plea comes on the eve of the House’s March 23 vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Read more
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) March 16, 2017 - Texas legislators Senator Chuy Hinojosa and Representative J.D. Sheffield have filed legislation to tax nursing home residents paying for their own care. Known as the Granny Tax, Senate Bill 1130 and House Bill 2766 would generate state revenue by taxing elderly residents of nursing homes. Nursing home residents would each carry a tax bill of over $4,000 per year. Read more
Sacramento,California (PR MediaRelease) March 9, 2017 - This statement is from Catherine Blakemore, Executive Director of Disability Rights California, on the American Health Care Act: “Disability Rights California is deeply disappointed in the newly unveiled American Health Care Act (AHCA), which attacks essential programs for people with disabilities. Read more