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Last year, Congress directed U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to move forward in issuing a rule concerning access to restrooms on single-aisle aircraft. Despite the 2016 agreement of members of a DOT rule making committee to make the restrooms accessible, the DOT secretary ignored the Congressional mandate.
This has left travelers with disabilities subject to severe discomfort and the continued denial of restroom access. The lack of a requirement for accessible lavatories on single-aisle aircraft means that passengers with disabilities are often forced to take extreme measures, including intentionally dehydrating, before long flights.
“Accessing a restroom on an airplane is something that most Americans take for granted. Access to a restroom is a basic human right” said Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) president David Zurfluh. “We have waited long enough.”
The Air Carrier Access Act prohibits airlines from discriminating against travelers on the basis of disability. In July 2016, Congress gave DOT a one-year deadline to put into effect new rules addressing wheelchair accessibility for airplane restrooms.
This August the PVA has filed suit against the DOT for Unlawful Delay of Rule intended to make airline restrooms accessible for travelers with disabilities. They cited Sec. Chao failed to follow Congress’s directive and has provided no justification for this failure. Furthermore Sec. Chao removed the rule from the priority agenda this past spring, suggesting that DOT has halted work on this crucial priority for disability rights advocates.
“The lack of wheelchair accessible lavatories on airplanes is part of the Administration’s continued lack of concern for the indignities faced by air travelers with disabilities,” said Democracy Forward ED Anne Harkavy.
This case follow the ongoing lawsuit against the Administration’s unlawful rollback of a rule requiring domestic airlines to track and report data on lost and damaged wheelchairs and scooters.
A stakeholder group has been working on the Medicaid for Workers (MFW) program enabling people with disabilities to work and receive Medicaid. Over the last several months there have been questions about eligibility for individuals on the Home and Community Based Services A & D Waiver and DD Waiver who require personal assistance services to live in their home.
This group was making sure that Idaho has in place the regulatory structure that supports the original vision of the MFW program. This means Health and Welfare doesn’t have to submit waiver amendments. For instance: the waiver amendment step can be skipped and you can move to identify how to implement MFW operationally.
The Center for Medicaid Services has requested the department review their records for the last 5 years to identify the number of participants who may have been impacted by the mis-interpretation of MFW rules.
According to Self-Reliance, it does not appear that many participants are impacted, but the department of Health and Welfare doesn’t keep information on who was denied services due to excessive income and resources.
If you are interested in working or have applied for Medicaid through the MFW and were turned down based on financial eligibility please contact us.
Or if you did receive services but paid a share of cost, please contact us. The five year look back could mean you would be receiving a refund.
Medicaid for Workers with Disabilities is open to people who have a disability, are between 16-64 years old, have a job or are self-employed, are a resident in Idaho and meet certain income and resource limits. For information about eligibility see their website.
Dana Gover, MPA, and ACTCP Certification, ADA Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
For more information about ADA Technical Assistance visit the NW ADA Center Idaho website: nwadacenter.org/idaho
Phone: Voice and Text 208-841-9422
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