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Reminder: DHS Survey about Access to Care for I/DD and Mental/Behavioral Needs

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) contracted with The Center For START Services to assess Wisconsin’s community system of care in addressing the needs of individuals with co-occurring Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and mental health conditions. A comprehensive summary with strategic recommendations based on identified areas of strength and challenges will follow the assessment. Ensuring people with IDD and co-occurring mental/behavioral health needs have access to effective services throughout Wisconsin is a priority issue for…
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Our Voices, Our Votes

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Voters from across Wisconsin are contacting Disability Rights Wisconsin to express shock and disbelief after a circuit court order imposed new restrictions on ballot return assistance and drop boxes. These restrictions make it difficult and, in some cases, impossible for many voters with a disability to cast a ballot. The issue is now before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. To elevate the voices of voters impacted by these new restrictions on voting rights, DRW is releasing “Our…
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Medicare Covers Over-the Counter-COVID Tests

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As of April 4, 2022, Medicare covers up to 8 over-the-counter COVID-19 tests each month, at no cost to you. If you have Medicare Part B, you can get 8 free over-the-counter tests for the month of April and then can get another 8 free over-the-counter tests each month until the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. You can get the covered tests at any participating pharmacy or healthcare provider at no cost to you. View…
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Now Hiring: Family Care and IRIS Program Ombudsman

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is now hiring for a Family Care and IRIS Program (FCIOP) Ombudsman. This position is being advertised as full-time and is available anywhere within Wisconsin. The FCIOP Ombudsman provides a variety of assistance to Family Care, Partnership, and IRIS enrollees statewide. They will collect case information, investigate complaints, and provide information, guidance, self-advocacy support, consultations, and referrals to other resources. The ombudsman will also provide outreach and training on FCIOP and the rights…
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Disabled Voters Speak Out on Absentee Ballot Return Assistance Prohibition

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling on absentee ballot return assistance will disenfranchise some voters with disabilities. This story and a video in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel feature Wisconsin voters who share how this ruling will restrict their right to vote. Thanks to each of the voters for shining a light on how this ruling will limit their voting rights. Wisconsin Supreme Court order limits voting of those with disabilities via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin Supreme…
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Medicare General Enrollment Period Reminder

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The COVID-19 emergency may end this year. If it does, Wisconsin Medicaid rules will change. If you are over the age of 65 and getting Wisconsin Medicaid, make sure to enroll in Medicare before March 31st so you do not have a gap in coverage or lose your health insurance. You could lose your health insurance if you: turned 65 in the last two years. did not enroll in Medicare. have Wisconsin now but no…
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March 9th Wisconsin Election Committee Public Testimony

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The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition provided public comments at the March 9th meeting of the Wisconsin Election Commission in support of the voting rights of people with disabilities and older adults. Read the WEC March 9th Testimony here (accessible PDF).
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DHS Survey about Access to Care for I/DD and Mental/Behavioral Needs

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) contracted with The Center For START Services to assess Wisconsin’s community system of care in addressing the needs of individuals with co-occurring Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and mental health conditions. A comprehensive summary with strategic recommendations based on identified areas of strength and challenges will follow the assessment. Ensuring people with IDD and co-occurring mental/behavioral health needs have access to effective services throughout Wisconsin is a priority issue for…
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Now Hiring: Intake Specialist

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Disability Rights Wisconsin is hiring for an Intake Specialist. This position is full-time and based in Wisconsin with in-person, hybrid, and remote options available. Are you a warm, outgoing, and passionate individual ready to assist clients? The Intake Specialist handles the initial contact with clients looking for information and referral or advocacy services from DRW. View the job posting with qualifications and other information on our site. View an accessible PDF version of our job…
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A Conversation About Voting Equity for People with Disabilities

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Voting Equity for Voters with Disabilities will be the focus of a Facebook Live event on March 1 at 2 PM, as part of The Big Share, an all-day online fundraising event orchestrated by Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW). All 3 organizations are CSW members and work collaboratively to reduce barriers to voting for people with all disabilities through the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition. The March 1st event will feature Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition partners,…
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