(@icyis01)

Social Security

Ability to Save for a Child

As a parent, the responsible thing to do for my daughter is to save money in a college fund for her. However, because she is a minor, the account should legally be in my name. According to current SSI and Medicaid guidelines, I cannot have more than $1500 between my checking and savings account so it is impossible for me to save money for her. Of course, I know there are ways around this but it should not be difficult... View full idea »

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(@drb220)

Social Security

Drop the Age of Ticket Eligibility to 16

Consider dropping the age of ticket-to-work eligibility to age 16, and adjust the milestones so that schools can receive ticket payments when students work. That will provide an outcomes-based revenue stream, building capacity while advancing an evidence-based practice:

http://ilr-edi-r1.ilr.cornell.edu/nymakesworkpay/rpm-transition.cfm

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(@drb220)

Education

Include Transition Data in RSA 911

Include mandatory transition-related codes in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) RSA 911 system for youth referrals: source of referral (name school), expected/actual date of graduation/program completion, coord. of IEP Measurable Post-Secondary Goal with VR Employment Goal, Transition Employment Services (i.e., after school employment, summer employment, job coaching).

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(@vickiniswander)

Health and Human Services

Funding to people, not agencies

Funding for any type of services intended to serve people with disabilities should be assigned to those people rather than agencies. Individuals and their families can then purchase needed services wherever they choose, making it more likely that agencies will want to make their services attractive to their consumers.

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(@ilka.riddle)

Health and Human Services

Individuals w. Dev Dis as Medically Underserved Population

Individuals who have disabilities face many barriers accessing and utilizing health care, while at the same time facing many health issues (for supporting data please review CDC's Disability and Health Data System-BRFSS data www.dhds.cdc.gov). Elevating individuals with developmental disabilities to the status of "medically underserved" would provide more financial resources to address this health disparity/gap.

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(@catohare)

Social Security

Support the family caregivers

It is not an uncommon situation for a parent of a child with a serious and debilitating disability to leave their job to take care of their child in the home. Families in this situation should receive some type of benefit or deduction and receive financial credit for the lost income.

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(@drb220)

Social Security

Use of Private Investment to Fund Transition Services

Investors lend money to a school or nonprofit with a successful track record for serving youth with disabilities. They get an interest-paying bond in return. The nonprofit then uses the investors' money to expand its promising practice. If the program meets its goals, saving the government money by, say, helping students with disabilities successfully go to college or find a job, the government pays back the investors... View full idea »

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(@sljvmtprices)

Health and Human Services

Maintaining Medical Assistance thru Transition

One of the most aggravating systems to navigate is the application/renewal process for Medical Assistance. When my children moved into their adult years, the amount of hassle and paperwork to keep their Medical Assistance active was overwhelming. There are some disabilities that are simply never going to change. Why then do we have to reapply for Medical Assistance insurance just because they changed in age from... View full idea »

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(@catohare)

Social Security

create a new ss plan

The current benefit structure for children who transition into adulthood is quite confusing. In our state, there is a medicare or medicaid waiver through an aging voucher. The wait list to receive one of these can be several years and is subject to cuts in spending and also mixed in with all ages and conditions. It would seem logical to create a separate category for children who are diagnosed with a chronic and debilitating... View full idea »

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