Access in the News

Presumptive Eligibility for Medicaid

Health Affairs’ Policy Brief explaining new roles for community health centers, hospitals, and schools to temporarily enroll children and pregnant women in Medicaid. Presumptive eligibility is a Medicaid policy option that permits states to authorize specific types of “qualified entities”, such as federally qualified health centers, hospitals and schools, to // more

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Federal Health Insurance Exchange in PA Enrollment Started October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013 begins the six-month open enrollment period for the federal health insurance exchange in Pennsylvania. Coverage will not be effective until January 1, 2014 at the earliest. There are several ways to access information about health coverage options in the commonwealth: Consumer Information/Education: www.PAHealthOptions.com, includes information about current health insurance options, // more

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Dementia in Mentally Disabled Hard to Identify

A new consensus statement addresses the challenges of evaluating and managing dementia in older adults with “intellectual and development disabilities,” such as Down syndrome or brain injury. These patients have an increased risk of poorer outcomes, compared with the general population, in part because healthcare professionals often lack training and preparedness to // more

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Civil Rights/ADA – the Access Board Advisory Committee on Medical Diagnostic Equipment to Hold Teleconference on June 17, 2013

The Access Board Advisory Committee on Medical Diagnostic Equipment will hold a teleconference on June 17, 2013 from 1 – 4:30 ET. The Board was charged with developing standards to address accessibility of examination tables, weight scales, mammography equipment, and other diagnostic equipment by the Affordable Care Act. Proposed standards were released by // more

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Study Finds Many Doctors’ Offices Remain Inaccessible to People with Mobiity Impairments

Study Finds Many Doctors’ Offices Remain Inaccessible to People with Mobility Impairments A new study has found that people with mobility impairments have reduced access to subspecialty medical care. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, medical practitioners are required to provide all patients “full and equal access to their health // more

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