DisabilityVoice™ (DV) is dedicated to serving people with disabilities and their families, caregivers and friends. DV provides education and other information resources, encourages self-advocacy in all areas of life including in the political arena, and seeks to collaborate at the grassroots level with individuals and other like-minded organizations to give people with disabilities a stronger voice, together.
Healthcare is a very important issue for everyone, especially for people with disabilites. DV networks with legislators, disability organizations, and individuals to address healthcare issues.
DV provides a safe place to discuss related topics at DisabilityVoice.com, where members may submit advocacy articles for publication. Membership is free. One of the benefits of this is the monthly DisabilityVoice™ e-newsletter, which reaches over 1900 people throughout the nation. In an effort to reach as many people as possible to carry out its mission, DV has established presences in the following social networks:
- DisabilityVoiceSpace Yahoo group
- DisabilityVoice2 Facebook group
- DisabilityVoice Facebook page
- @DisabilityVoice on Twitter
- DisabilityVoice YouTube channel
Some Issues DisabilityVoice is Working On:
- Medicaid Marriage Penalty: For people with disabilities, on Medicaid with high medical expenses, this creates a disincentive for couples to marry. In the long run this actually costs the taxpayers more money. Legislation against Medicaid Marriage Penalty has been drafted 3 times to not count a spouse’s assets, with an upper limit of $500,000 annual income. DV will continue its push to see this legislation enacted.
- Medicaid Medical Savings: Similar to the Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS), this proposes a type of savings or checking account where any funds deposited into that account are not counted against the individual’s resource limit. The money can be spent on medical needs beyond the costs Medicaid covers
- Increased SSI Resource Limits: People on Medicaid must keep their assets below $2000 singly, or $3000 for married couples, to stay on Medicaid. This is called a resource limit, and this amount has not changed since at least 1991. DV is working to update this resource limit to a more realistic amount for the present day and going forward. Spend down would be kept at current levels.
- Medicare Homecare Assistance: Under the current system, Medicare only covers homecare for rehabilitation purposes; this leaves people with little choice but to spend themselves into poverty, and then go into a nursing home, which is ultimately far more expensive for taxpayers than it is to provide for homecare services and keep people in their homes as long as possible.