ACTION ALERT – Act Now to Prevent Gutting of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid

Act Now to Prevent Gutting of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid

The House of Representatives is expected to introduce a bill to cut Medicaid and the ACA Feb. 27 and to begin committee work immediately. The result would be two major blows to individuals with disabilities. Reach out to your Federal and state legislators and the Governor’s Office and tell them that repealing the ACA and replacing it with a plan that CUTS Medicaid is unacceptable. People’s health, services, and lives are at stake!  We need advocates to reach out to their Senators and Representatives to let them know why the ACA and Medicaid are essential to people with disabilities and their families.

Message #1: Do NOT per capita cap Medicaid!

Medicaid is a jointly funded program with matching state and federal funds. Under a Medicaid per capita cap, the federal government would set a limit on how much to reimburse states based on enrollment. Unlike current law, funding would not be based on the actual cost of providing services. Much like the proposed block grants, the intent of the per capita caps is to restructure the program, cut federal spending and drastically reduce money going to the states. Inevitably there will be cuts in funding and other negative impacts to Medicaid recipients could include:

  • Losing home and community-based services and supports. Waiting lists would quickly grow.
  • Losing other critical services such as personal care, mental health, prescription drugs, and rehabilitative services. If funds become scarcer, states may decide to stop providing these services altogether.
  • Being forced into unnecessary institutionalization. States could return to the days of “warehousing” people with disabilities in institutions.
  • Shifting the costs to individuals or family members to make up for the federal cuts. The costs of providing health care and long term services and supports will not go away, but will be shifted to individuals, parents, states, and providers.

For additional information, see the Arc’s fact sheet about Medicaid.

Message #2: Do not repeal the ACA’s protections for people with disabilities!
The ACA is the most significant law for people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act:

  • Because of the ACA, health insurers can’t deny health insurance if you have a disability or chronic condition.
  • Because of the ACA, there aren’t arbitrary financial limits to how much health care you can get in a year or in your lifetime.
  • Because of the ACA, more people with disabilities receive supports and live in the community, not institutions.

For additional information, see CCD’s fact sheet about the ACA.

 

Take Action!

Join us in Albany on Advocacy Day on March 6. Together we can show New York that brain injury is a significant health and social issue that deserves attention. Register Now.

Contact your Federal Legislators Tell them changes to the Affordable Care Act and threats to Medicaid will hurt people with disabilities. Click here for tools to use when contacting your Federal legislators.

 

 

Sarah Shadi, a Ph.D. student and #PWBI, is conducting a study on feelings of social isolation in people with brain injuries and asked BIANYS to share her message:

Hello my name is Sarah Shadi and I am a Ph.D. student in the APA-accredited clinical psychology program from Alliant International University’s, San Francisco campus. I am currently conducting research in an attempt to understand feelings of social isolation in people with brain injuries. As a brain injury survivor myself, and a member of the Brain Injury Association, I am interested in your feelings and experiences as a brain injury survivor.

Eligibility:
-You must be between the ages of 18-75.
-You must have a diagnosed brain injury that occurred two or more years ago.
-You must be able to read and write English.
-You must NOT have a current psychiatric diagnosis (e.g., depression, anxiety, or personality disorder).

If you meet eligibility criteria you will be asked to complete a brief survey that may take 30 minutes to an hour. In order to learn more about this study, or to participate in it, please click the link. The survey will remain open until the maximum of 250 responses are received.

If you have any questions about the current study, or if you would like to receive updates about the results of the study, please feel free to email me at SocialIsolationAlliant@gmail.com.

This research project has been approved by the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants in Research at Alliant University. For questions, the Institutional Review Board can be contacted at alliant-irb@alliant.edu or at 858-635-4741.”

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE ANNOUNCESS 35TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND PROFESSIONAL SYMPOSIUM IN JUNE

35th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference presented by Goldblatt and Associates will feature Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joel Goodman, founder of The HUMOR Project in Saratoga Springs

Registration is now open for the Annual Conference and Professional Symposium

ALBANY, NY: February 8, 2017 –  Professionals, brain injury service providers and consumers from across the state are invited to get a first look at industry trends and information to better support and serve individuals and their families affected by brain injury across New York State. The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) 35th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference and Professional Symposium presented by Goldblatt and Associates, P.C.; will return to the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York in June.

“Goldblatt and Associates is a longtime partner of the Brain Injury Association of New York State and we are proud to once again support this year’s annual conference,” said Attorney Kenneth B. Goldblatt. “It’s our honor to work with an organization that for decades has provided advocacy, education and programming that impacts thousands of individuals affected by brain injury across the state.”

“We are excited to return to the beautiful city of Saratoga Springs,” said Eileen Reardon, Executive Director for BIANYS. “We will kick-off our events in the area with our Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Training, our Professional Symposium and will wrap-up the week with the 35th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference. It is always wonderful to interact with professionals, providers and consumers from across the state for a couple of days. It reenergizes attendees and staff and reinforces the mission of the organization.” 

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Training – June 13, 2017
This class is offered by the Brain Injury Association of New York State and is specifically designed to help review material for the certification examination and to strengthen the network of dedicated, competent brain injury specialists across NYS. Starting six weeks prior to the class, enrollees will have access to weekly webinars and receive study tips and detailed home study information that corresponds with the chapters in the Essential Brain Injury Study Guide.

Professional Symposium – June 14, 2017
The Professional Symposium brings together professionals and specialists in the fields of brain injury medicine and rehabilitation. The program will offer the chance to learn about advances in treatment, network with other professionals in the field and gain access to cutting-edge research and information. Certified Education Units (CEU’s) for Certified Brain Injury Specialists and other professionals as well as Contact Hours for Social Work will be provided to attendees.  Live stream is available for professionals who are unable to attend in-person.

The 35th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference June 15-16, 2017
This two-day conference, which is open to professionals, brain injury service providers and consumers will contain a variety of workshops including: professional presentations; panel discussions; spiritual demonstrations and delivery of personal testimonials from brain injury survivors and their family members. The conference will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. Joel Goodman, founder of The Humor Project in Saratoga Springs.

BIANYS Call for Workshop proposals is now open for the Annual Conference. BIANYS is seeking interactive presentations that focus on strategies, skill building, and practical application, as well as presentations that provide insight into a new or innovative brain injury topic.  All conference workshops are 75 minutes long. Deadline for submission is February 17, 2017.  Contact Karen Thomas by phone at 518-459-7911 or via email at kthomas@biansy.org for more information.

Conference and Training Details
Registration is now open for CBIS Training, Professional Symposium and the 35th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference, which will place at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, June 13 through Friday, June 16, 2017.

Exhibitor booth and underwriter opportunities are available by contacting Erica Rossin by phone at 518-459-7911 or via email at erossin@bianys.org

For more information or to register, visit www.bianys.org.

Share some extra love with BIANYS this Valentine’s Day

Support the Brain Injury Association this Valentine’s Day
Your special Valentine’s Day gift can support The Brain Injury Association of New York State(BIANYS).  Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to BIANYS. Link to Amazon Smile today to get started.
You can use the same Amazon account you normally use; simply select The Brain Injury Association of New York State as your charitable organization, and at no extra cost to you, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price! Here’s how.

BIANYS URGES YOU TO ACT NOW TO PRESERVE HEALTHCARE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND SENIORS

ALBANY, NY: January 31, 2017 –The Brain Injury Association of New York State urges you to call Congress today and tell them to protect the ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare.

The President and Congress are moving quickly to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Major cuts and restructuring of Medicaid and Medicare may not be far behind. Brain injury advocates must let policymakers know that these changes will hurt people with disabilities and seniors.

Please use this toll free call-in number
866-426-2631

When you call you will hear a brief overview of the issues and will be asked to enter your zip code before being transferred to your members of Congress. Please ask to speak to the health staffer.

Talking points to use during your call

No repeal of the ACA without simultaneous replacement

If Congress votes to repeal the ACA, a replacement package that provides equivalent or improved access to affordable, quality health coverage must be included in the same legislation.

No cuts to Medicaid or restructuring of the Medicaid program

Seniors and people with disabilities rely on the Medicaid program.  It is the primary public source of funding for long-term services and supports. Program cuts, along with block grant or per capita cap proposals would hurt people who have no alternative means of paying for essential services.

Preserve Medicare for current and future seniors and people with disabilities

Medicare is a huge success story, with strong support from all Americans. Premium support and other restructuring proposals to shift more costs onto beneficiaries would make health care far less affordable and accessible to seniors and people with disabilities.

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE ANNOUNCES FIRST WEBINAR IN NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES

First webinar in series designed to provide insight and information to professionals working with veterans affected by traumatic brain injuries (TBI)

Registrants will receive 1.5 Social Work Continuing Education Contact Hours, 1.5 Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) CEUs or a certificate of attendance

ALBANY, NY: January 24, 2017 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) announced “Meeting the Needs of Veterans with TBI (Webinar)” to be held on Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00pm.  The webinar is the first in their new professional development series designed to train professionals working with individuals and their families affected by brain injuries across the state.

Representatives from organizations serving veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are invited to participate. The live on-line program will provide information around the symptoms and challenges of TBI as experienced by military members.   The webinar will also include a question-and-answer session with a certified professional from BIANYS. Social work continuing education contact hours will be available to attendees.
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BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE ANNOUNCESS CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS FOR THEIR 35TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN JUNE

Professionals working with individuals and their families affected by brain injury are invited to submit proposals that focus on strategies, skill building and practical application

Deadline for submission is February 17, 2017

ALBANY, NY: January 11, 2016 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) announced today their Call for Workshop Proposals for the 35th Annual “One Voice for Brain Injury” Conference, to be held on June 15-16, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY. BIANYS Annual Conference is attended by hundreds of professionals, brain injury service providers, and consumers from across New York State.

All workshop sessions are 75 minutes long. BIANYS is seeking interactive presentations that focus on strategies, skill building, and practical application, as well as presentations that provide insight into a new or innovative brain injury topic. Deadline for submission is Friday, February 17. Candidates will be notified in March if their workshop proposal has been accepted. Additional information about the program and a complete Call for Workshop Proposals are available at bianys.org.
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BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE ANNOUNCESS PLANS FOR BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH IN MARCH WITH CONTINUATION OF ANNUAL BLUE JEANS FOR BRAIN INJURY CAMPAIGN

Organizations across the state are invited to participate to raise awareness and funds to support the Brain Injury Association of New York State

All monies raised go to support individuals and their families affected by brain injury

ALBANY, NY: January 6, 2016 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) announced today plans for Brain Injury Awareness Month in March including the continuation of their Blue Jeans for Brain Injury Campaign to be held for the third year in a row.

Over the past two years, BIANYS has partnered with dozens of organizations across the state to generate funding to provide programs and services for individuals and their families affected by brain injuries.
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