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Sixty Percent of Polling Places Have Accessibility Issues

Information courtesy of the Government Accountability Office

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report on polling place accessibility. GAO examined 178 polling places during early in-person voting and on Election Day 2016, and found that 60% had at least one accessibility problem. The most common were steep ramps, lack of signs indicating accessible paths, and poor parking or path surfaces.  GAO examined voting stations at 137 of the polling places. Of the stations examined, 65% had accessibility issues that could prevent people with disabilities from voting privately and independently.

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment Begins November 1

Information courtesy of The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Healthcare.gov

Do you purchase your health insurance from the Affordable Care Act marketplace? The open enrollment period for 2018 health insurance begins November 1, 2017. Starting this year, open enrollment is significantly shorter, and will end on December 15, 2017.

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Indiana sees biggest cuts to Affordable Care Act outreach funding

Information courtesy of the Washington Post, NPR, and Kaiser Health News

The federal government is cutting funding for Affordable Care Act (ACA) navigators, individuals or organizations trained to help consumers look for health coverage options through ACA marketplaces. The cuts vary widely by state. Maine is getting an 8% cut, while Indiana will receive the deepest funding cut of any state, 82%.

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The Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana accepting applications now – Children age three and up now included

Information courtesy of Hear Indiana and the Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana

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Supreme Court rejects North Carolina Voter ID law appeal – Controversial law was struck down last year

Information courtesy of CNN, ABC News, NPR, the Washington Post, and the LA Times

The Supreme Court has refused to review a lower court decision striking down North Carolina’s voter ID law. The controversial law was struck down last summer in a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which found that the law unfairly targeted African-American voters.

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