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NEW 25% PARA TRANSIT FARE HIKE

Approximately 6,355 Westchester County Bee-Line Para Transit riders will have to reach deeper into their pockets beginning Monday, June 20th. The one way fare is projected to increase on that date from $4.00 to $5.00; a 25% hike. The last increase was in 2008 from $3.00 to $4.00. This change...

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ACA/Obamacare Q and A

By Rick Howie Health Exchange Navigator   Q: Did I miss the open enrollment deadline? A:  Yes, the deadline for 2016 coverage for all qualified health plans was January 31, 2016 and there was no extension granted this year. Q: What are the tax penalties for not having health insurance? A: ...

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SEEKING SUPPORT DURING A HOUSING CRISIS

BY Deborah Perykasz Independent Living Specialist   Every week, I meet consumers who are experiencing a housing crisis.  Since my consumers are disabled, most are unemployed.  Most are recipients of DSS, SSI or SSDI who receive between $700 and $1000 per month.  Many do not own a computer. Often, these...

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THE NURSE PRACTICES ACT & DISABILITY RIGHTS

By Mel Tanzman, Executive Director On Wednesday March 19, 2014, members of Rochester ADAPT, a national disability rights group fighting for the rights of all people with disabilities to live in the community, initiated an occupation of the offices of the New York State Nurses Association in Albany NY. The...

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Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program (CDPAP)

Submitted by Rob Cicoria, Consumer Advocate The Medicaid funded Consumer-Directed Personal Assistant Program (CDPAP) began around 1970 in New York City, when disabled people who needed high-level care revolted against being involuntarily being put in nursing homes – – their civil rights to the pursuit of happiness were being infringed...

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