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April 7th “Welcome to Medicare” Event Postponed

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The SHIP Technical Assistance Center has postponed the virtual fair until June. We will send an update when the new date is finalized. For additional event information, view the event page on the SHIP site here. View the accessible “Welcome to Medicare” event flyer here.
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PBS Wisconsin’s Here and Now: Changes to Indefinitely Confined Status

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State legislators are considering new legislation that could make it harder for many voters with disabilities and older adults to vote. PBS Wisconsin’s Here and Now looks at the impact of these changes with DRW’s Barbara Beckert. Watch the Here and Now interview here on Facebook. If these issues are important to you, tell your legislators about your concerns. To find contact information for your legislators, you can call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472 or…
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DRW Letter to Wisconsin DHS regarding COVID Vaccine Distribution System

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Disability Rights Wisconsin has asked the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to reconsider their priority system for COVID vaccine distribution.   DRW requests equal access to all groups in phase 1b, including Family Care members, IRIS participants, and older Children’s Long Term Support (CLTS) and Katie Beckett recipients. Read the letter to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services here (accessible PDF).
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DRW Statement on the Inclusion of WoLF in WIPIIP

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Read DRW’s full statement here (accessible PDF). Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) is the Protection and Advocacy agency for people with disabilities in the state of Wisconsin. DRW challenges systems and society to achieve positive changes in the lives of people with disabilities and their families through legal advocacy and changes to public policy. Our stated values include diversity, dignity, independence, accessibility, inclusion, human rights, and liberation. DRW was founded to end abuse and discrimination against…
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DRW Commends Governor Evers’s Mental Health Budget Initiatives

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Today, Governor Evers shared his proposal to expand BadgerCare and to invest over $150 million in mental health and behavioral health services. Disability Rights Wisconsin supports this investment, which will expand access to mental health services for Wisconsin at a time of great need in our state. View Disability Rights Wisconsin’s statement here (accessible PDF). View Governor Evers’ mental health budget proposal here.
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Medicare Minutes: I Missed the Annual Enrollment Period – What Next?

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Learn about the Annual Medicare Enrollment Period and what you can do if you miss the enrollment period. This video is presented in collaboration between the Disability Rights Wisconsin Medicare Part D Helpline and the Milwaukee County Department on Aging. Important correction: The Medicare Part D Helpline number in the presentation slides and video is incorrect; the correct number is 1-800-926-4862. The video transcript can be viewed here (accessible PDF).
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DRW Statement on Governor’s Investments in Children, Families, Caregivers

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DRW commends Governor Evers’ budget proposals investing in Wisconsin children, families and caregivers.  The proposed $600 million package includes many of the recommendations form the Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving, and investments important to people with disabilities and their families. View DRW’s statement here (accessible PDF). View Governor Evers’ Proposal here.
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Survival Coalition releases Survey: Preserving Disability Supports Across the Lifespan after COVID

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Media, policymakers and the public are invited to a virtual press event Thursday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. that will share findings from the survey, review today’s proposal from the Governor to invest in caregiving and long-term supports, and share the stories of Wisconsinites living with disability and their families on how their lives have been impacted by reductions in supports resulting from the pandemic. To participate, contact Fil Clissa at survivalcoalitionwi@gmail.com for a Zoom link. (MADISON)…
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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidate Forum

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Be prepared for the April election! Join the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition to hear from the candidates running for Wisconsin State Superintendent. The State Superintendent has a major impact on schools and communities across Wisconsin, including ensuring schools meet their responsibilities to students with disabilities. The event is open to all, but you must register here: State Superintendent Candidate Forum Registration. If you are already registered, you can submit questions via our State Superintendent Questions…
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Make Your Plan to Vote: Spring Elections!

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Voters in Wisconsin’s upcoming February 16 primary election will select a candidate for State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction. Mark your calendars! The Spring election is April 6th.  Offices to be elected are State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Court of Appeals Judge, Districts I, II and III, and Circuit Court Judge, as well as other local offices. The Superintendent provides leadership for Wisconsin’s public school districts, provides the public with information about school…
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