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A New Year With New Challenges

With a new Presidential Administration coming on board, we face both new challenges and opportunities on a whole range of public policy issues.

2016 Progress To Be Proud Of

With help from people like you, we managed to rack up a number of important wins in 2016. Here are just a few that we are very proud of.

San Antonio: From Support Group to United Spinal Chapter

Rolling Inspiration, a San Antonio-based non-profit, now doubles as United Spinal’s San Antonio chapter. Rolling Inspiration got its start as a simple support group at a local community center in 2010.

Standing Up To CMS to get Needed Number of Catheters

By the time Williams reached out to United Spinal’s Resource Center in the weeks following the call, she was near her wit’s end. Ten days of phone calls to CMS had only proved more confusing.

Got Wheels? Autonomous Vehicles and the Disability Community

United Spinal attended the introductory meeting for the Autonomous Vehicles (AV ) community to meet stakeholders in the disability community.

21st Century Cures Act – We Made It Happen!

The 21st Century Cures Act, passed both chambers of Congress and was signed by President Obama at a signing ceremony in Washington, D.C. on December 13th.

Advocacy & Public Policy

United Spinal is actively involved in advocating for benefits and regulations that are beneficial to paralyzed Americans and all people with disabilities. We encourage everyone to get involved and be an advocate and activist. We can and will facilitate change by joining together and speaking as one.

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1 – Access to Quality Affordable Healthcare

United Spinal advocates for policies which assure people with disabilities receive quality affordable healthcare that meet their needs.

Medical equipment, therapy and prescription drugs

  • Ensure increased access to needed durable medical equipment, medical supplies and related services, prescription drugs and outpatient therapies.

Insurance coverage

  • Support improved coverage for prescription drugs, habilitative and rehabilitative benefits and other consumer protection including insurance coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions and the prohibition of discrimination based on an individual’s health status or diagnosis.

Medical and scientific data

  • Monitor current and emerging medical and scientific information related to the health and well-being of all persons living with SCI/D. Work to ensure that all persons living with SCI/D have access to every opportunity that improves their health and quality of life.

CORE BELIEF 2 – Independent Living, Employment and Self-Sufficiency

United Spinal supports policies that allow adults and young people living with disabilities to maximize their independence and remain active in their communities. Individuals with disabilities must have equal access to affordable, accessible housing and transportation; opportunities for competitive, integrated employment; and self-sufficiency through improved income security.

Housing

  • Support policies that increase access to affordable, accessible housing for all.

Transportation Equity

  • Support local and federal policies that create affordable, accessible transportation options for all. Support policies that promote compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and continue efforts to promote and ensure pedestrian safety.

Employment, Self-sufficiency and Income Security

  • Support increased opportunities for access to competitive, integrated employment, income generation, asset-building and community integration.

Independent Living

  • Support and expand coverage for long-term services and supports.

CORE BELIEF 3 – Consumer-Directed Quality Health Care and Community Integration

United Spinal promotes policies that establish consumer-directed quality health care and community integration. Individuals with disabilities must have access to community-based services and supports and customized care that best meets their needs and facilitates their independence and community engagement.

Home and Community-Based Services and Supports

  • Advance the use of home and community-based services (HCBS). Provide opportunities for Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their own homes or communities.

Delivery of Care

  • Promote best practices for delivery of care based on individual choice, person-centered planning, consumer self-direction while enhancing personal financing options.

CORE BELIEF 4 – Preservation of Social Security Benefits

Social Security Disability Benefits/Supplemental Security Income

  • Advocate for policies that improve, simplify, and update social security disability (SSDI) benefits for individuals with disabilities and supplemental security income (SSI) to individuals with disabilities with limited income.

Employment

  • Maximize employment opportunities for current and future beneficiaries.

Disability Benefit Determinations

  • Work to ensure that claimants receive their disability benefits as quickly as possible.

Social Security Administration Funding

  • Support adequate funding of the Social Security Administration for personnel and service needs.

CORE BELIEF 5 – Protect the Rights of People with Disabilities

United Spinal believes that discrimination against individuals with disabilities that produces barriers to housing, employment, transportation, health care and other programs and services must be eliminated. Without protections provided through the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Air Carriers Access Act, and other similar laws, individuals with disabilities are restricted from participating fully in society and living active, productive, independent lives with access to employment, educational and social opportunities as is their right.

National Disability Rights
Protect and advance the requirements and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure equal opportunities for people with disabilities to access services and participate in their communities.

International Disability Rights
Promote the ideals of the Americans with Disabilities Act to nations around the world to increase the ability of individuals with disabilities to travel, work, and live abroad thus enhancing their quality of life.

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