Paraquad hosts Governor Nixon signing HB555 & HB648 into law

Posted on July 15, 2011 by Shawn D'Abreu

It is quite an event when a Governor comes to visit, even more so when that visit involves signing legislation which advances something good. 

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Grand compromise? Might not be so grand for low-income people with disabilities.

Posted on July 13, 2011 by Kirsten Dunham

The negotiations continue on raising the debt ceiling and reducing the deficit.  A coalition of Missourians representing the faith community, people with disabilities, retirees, labor, working families, farmers and federal employees have been working the last month to put pressure on Missouri’s Senators to oppose cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and federal workers and take a balanced approach that includes closing corporate loop holes and ending tax cuts. 

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Do you want more of your money going to healthcare services or insurance companies?

Posted on July 08, 2011 by Megan Burke

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was developed to increase access to healthcare and to reduce ever rising healthcare costs.  One consumer protection included in the ACA is the medical loss ratio (MLR).  Congress is considering HR 1206, the Access to Professional Health Insurance Advisors Act of 2011, also known as the "Rogers Bill”.  If passed, the Rogers Bill would undermine the Affordable Care Act’s MLR requirements

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Legal Victory: MO HealthNet Must Cover Incontinence Briefs for Adults

Posted on July 06, 2011 by Kim Barge

On June 24th, a federal district court in Missouri ruled that all adult Missouri Medicaid recipients can obtain medically necessary incontinence briefs.  

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Another Battle in the War on Medicaid: Medicaid Blended Rates

Posted on July 01, 2011 by Mandy Beals

Our leaders in Washington are yet again attempting to undercut one of the most vital programs that people with disabilities rely on: Medicaid. In an effort to “save the federal government money” the White House administration has proposed changing how the federal and state matching system for Medicaid works.  

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Total Inclusion in Emergency Disaster

Posted on June 29, 2011 by Tom Green

The tornado disaster in Joplin has touched me deep into my essence. I have never seen such devastation that has touch me like what I saw in Joplin. 

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Governor Nixon Vetoes Discriminatory Photo ID bill, But the Fight is not Over for Missourians

Posted on June 24, 2011 by Mandy Beals


On June 17, Governor Nixon vetoed a controversial bill that would have required all Missourians to present a government issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot at the voting booth.  

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2011 Legislative Session Wrap Up

Posted on June 20, 2011 by Shawn D'Abreu

We've had an eventful session with plenty of twists and turns but also some good outcomes.

Read more for a brief update of our legislative priorities.


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Paraquad honors the memory of Disability Rights leader Dick Goodwin

Posted on June 17, 2011 by Kirsten Dunham

Paraquad board and staff mourn the loss of Dick Goodwin, founder of IMPACT, the Center for Independent Living in Alton, IL.  Dick was a leader in the independent living movement and advocated for access and opportunity for people with disabilities. 

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Save Medicaid for People with Disabilities

Posted on June 15, 2011 by Admin

Cuts to Medicaid will only shift costs to states and transfer the burden to people with disabilities who depend on the program for long-term supports and services, seniors, children, and their families.


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