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ABLE Age Adjustment Act would make more people eligible for ABLE accounts

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts allow people with disabilities to save for their future and pay for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their access to public benefits. Currently, the accounts are only available to people who were diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26, but legislation currently before Congress could change that.

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Fighting Fraud – Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors

Information courtesy of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging

According to the Government Accountability Office, financial fraud costs seniors nearly $3 billion a year. The US Senate Special Committee on Aging is working to combat scams that target older Americans. The Committee has released a book highlighting the top ten scams targeting seniors around the country.

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Parent Survey on Physical Therapy Services For Children with Developmental Disabilities

Information courtesy of Riley Child Development Center and Indiana University

The Riley Child Development Center and Indiana University are researching the perceived value and access to physical therapy services for children with Developmental Disabilities. If you would like to help, you can contribute to their research by completing a brief survey.  The survey should take about fifteen minutes to complete. Your responses will help researchers better understand the challenges that people with Developmental Disabilities face related to physical therapy, and any barriers that may need to be addressed in order to improve access and family satisfaction of physical therapy services.

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Vanderbilt University Residential Placement and Respite Care Survey

Information courtesy of Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is researching factors associated with different types of residential placements and respite care services for adults with disabilities. If you would like to help, you can contribute to their research by completing a brief survey.  The survey will take less than 30 minutes to complete and responses are confidential. Responses will help determining issues and supports related to residential and respite care services. Completing the survey also enters you into a raffle for one of ten $25 gift cards.

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Empower Care Act Would Extend Money Follows the Person for Five Years

Information courtesy of the Arc of Indiana, Medicaid.gov

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) program has helped over 75,000 people with chronic conditions and disabilities transition from nursing homes and institutions back into the community. MFP was designed to increase the use of home and community-based services and reduce the use of institutionally-based services. MFP expired in 2016. However, a bill has been introduced in Congress that would fund MFP for the next five years.

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