Category Archives: Legislation/Regulations

Ruling Revolutionizes Digital Book Access for Blind and Print-Disabled

The National Federation for the Blind is applauding the decision of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. “The ruling in Authors Guild, Inc., et al., v. HathiTrust, et al. (Case number: No. 11-cv-6351-HB) held that … Continue reading

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Advocates from Massachusetts Win Netflix Lawsuit!

Within two years all of Netflix’s streaming content (“on-demand”) will be captioned. This is the outcome of a lawsuit spearheaded by advocates in Massachusetts including MassMATCH AT Advisory Council member Lee Nettles, the Western Mass Association for the Deaf and … Continue reading

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Proposed Legislation Calls for Separate Complex Rehabilitation Technology Category

HR 4378 is federal legislation seeking a separate category for complex rehab technology (CRT) within Medicare. CRT includes medically necessary and individually configured manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, adaptive seating and positioning systems, and other specialized equipment such as standing frames … Continue reading

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Report Shows Small Cost Impact for Bill Extending Hearing Aid Benefits to Children

From the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy: The Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (DHCFP) has completed its analysis of the cost and clinical efficacy of a potential mandated health benefit regarding hearing aids for Massachusetts children. … Continue reading

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Feasability Study for Durable Medical Equipment in MA

Do you have durable medical equipment such as a wheelchair, tub seat, hospital bed or walker that you no longer need and would like to pass on to someone else who needs it? The MA Legislature is considering a feasability study … Continue reading

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Act Fast for Scholarships to CELA 2012!

Do you use a customized wheelchair? Currently customized wheelchairs are not identified as Complex Rehab Technology by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for reimbursement purposes. Apply for a scholarship to tell Congress your story. The submission deadline is … Continue reading

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Public Hearing on Bills for Hearing Aids and Large Print Labels

Date:   June 28, 2011 Time:   1 PM Room:  BI, State House  The Joint Committee on Financial Services will hold a public hearing on the following bills: 1.  SB429 – An Act providing health care coverage for hearing aids.  Sponsored by … Continue reading

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Public Hearing on Bills for Hearing Aids and Large Print Labels

Date: June 28, 2011 Time: 1 PM Room: BI, State House The Joint Committee on Financial Services will hold a public hearing on the following bills: 1. SB429 – An Act providing health care coverage for hearing aids. Sponsored by … Continue reading

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White House Hosts Monthly Disability Call

On Thursday, May 26, the White House held their monthly disability call hosted by Kareem Dale, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement & Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy.  Guest speakers on this month’s call included … Continue reading

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Dear Colleague Letter from the Department of Education

Dear Colleague Letter from the Department of Education Department Of Education OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY Dear Colleague Letter OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY May 26, 2011 Dear Colleague: As the use of emerging technologies in the classroom increases, schools … Continue reading

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