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Nebraska Appleseed Court Victory

Court victory allows Children access to Vital Behavioral Health Treatments

Lancaster County District Court sides with Appleseed in important decision

LINCOLN — Yesterday, Lancaster County District Court Judge John Colborn issued an order protecting the rights of Nebraska children with autism and developmental disabilities to get vitally important behavioral health treatments through the Medicaid program.

The case, K.D. & S.L. v. Winterer, was filed on behalf of two Nebraska children who each have serious behavioral and mental health conditions, but had been denied coverage for necessary treatments recommended by their doctors.  The suit challenged a Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) policy that excludes Medicaid coverage of certain treatments for children with developmental disabilities.  Yesterday’s decision granted the plaintiff children’s motions for class certification and summary judgment.  As a result of the judge’s order, HHS can no longer enforce these policies which have been determined by the court to be unlawful.  Part of the judge’s ruling was to certify the case as a class action, meaning the ruling applies to all children in a similar situation as the named plaintiffs.

“This ruling is an important victory for Nebraska families with children who have been wrongfully denied access to essential mental and behavioral health treatments that were recommended by their doctors,” said Sarah Helvey, Nebraska Appleseed Legal Director. “The Court’s ruling will allow more children to get the care they need to have the best possible future.

“Now that this order is in effect, we look forward to working with the Department to begin covering these vital treatments immediately for the hundreds of Nebraska children who need them.”

The children in this case were represented by Nebraska Appleseed, the National Health Law Program, and Husch Blackwell LLP.

Read more here:  https://neappleseed.org/blog/19228

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Autism Society National Conference

National Conference

Since 1965, the Autism Society has embraced its mission to make a better world for all with autism. Shortly after its founding, the Autism Society held an inaugural national conference to discuss the state of children with ASD in America. This meeting brought together parents of children with ASD to share resources, experiences and develop strategies to be effective advocates for their children

Today, the Autism Society’s annual conference represents one of the largest gathering of autism families, service providers, educators, policymakers and key allies in the disability community. Each year, the Autism Society’s annual conference and exposition features a keynote presentation, close to 100 breakout sessions, a conference exhibit hall with autism resources and networking opportunities with conference attendees from around the nation. Here you will find a comprehensive guide to the Autism Society National Conference.

46th Annual Autism Society National Conference
July 8 – 11, 2015

Register Today

 

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LB 591 Nebraska ABLE Act Legislation Call to Action

LB 591 – Create the achieve a better life experience program and provide for adjustments to taxable income.

Public Hearing Wednesday March 11, 2015 Room 1524 2:00 PM

Join the Autism Society of Nebraska along with other organizations to encourage senators to move LB591 out of Committee and support this new bill that gives Nebraska Families a tax-free savings option for individuals with special needs.

Email your senator and urge support for this bill.  The senators listed below are committee members that need to hear your voice!

Email Template Click here

Please submit your letter of support to the emails below no later than Tuesday March 10th, 2015 at noon, thanks!

Senator Lydia Brasch
lbrasch@leg.ne.gov

Senator Davis Albert
adavis@leg.ne.gov

Senator Mike Gloor
mgloor@leg.ne.gov

Senator Burke Harr
harr@leg.ne.gov

Senator Jim Scheer
jscheer@leg.ne.gov

Senator Paul Schumacher
pschumacher@leg.ne.gov

Senator Jim Smith
jsmith@leg.ne.gov

Senator Kate Sullivan
ksullivan@leg.ne.gov

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LB 163 for a Statewide Public Safety Platform

Hello,

On Thursday, 1/22, I had the opportunity to testify in front of the Government Committee in Lincoln regarding potential legislation, LB 163.  LB 163 is important for us because it would create, and provide funding for, a statewide Public Safety platform that would help all families.  At the heart of it, it would implement a system known as Smart911 which would allow families (for free) to create “Safety Profiles” which can include things like photos and physical descriptions, health and medical information, rescue needs and much more.  ABC News and Good morning America recently called it a “Personal Safety Game Changer” in this story: http://youtu.be/-pgpJzK4d9U

You can learn more about LB 163 here: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=24901

Here is where we need your help…  The bill’s first hurdle is to get out of committee so we need your help.  If you are a constituent of one of the following Senators, we need you to email them and let them know you are in support of LB 163.

Committee Chairperson:  John Murante  District 49  Sarpy County  jmurante@leg.ne.gov

Vice Chair: Tommy Garrett   District 3       Sarpy County          tgarrett@leg.ne.gov

Dave Bloomfield                   District 17     Wayne County        dbloomfield@leg.ne.gov

Joni Craighead                     District 6       Douglas County      jcraighead@leg.ne.gov

Mike Groene                         District 42     Lincoln County       mgroene@leg.ne.gov

Matt Hansen                         District 26     Lancaster County   mhansen@leg.ne.gov

Tyson Larson                        District 40     Holt County             tlarson@leg.ne.gov

Beau McCoy                         District 39     Douglas County      bmccoy@leg.ne.gov

After the bill moves out of committee we will direct the efforts to a larger audience across the entire state.

I’ve provided a sample email below.

Senator _________________,

My name is ______ _______ from ________.  I am reaching out to you to voice my strong support for LB163 currently being reviewed by Government, Military and Veterans Affair Committee.

LB 163 can save lives by enhancing location information and delivering additional details about the caller, their family, and the location that will help Public Safety respond faster and more effectively. As part of a nationwide, secure Public Safety network, LB 163 would be able to assist our community members not only while they are in Nebraska, but nationwide.

LB 163 would make a difference by allowing 9-1-1 and first responders to instantly have photos and physical descriptions for missing persons, dramatically reducing response times and increasing successful rescues.  LB 163 would also create a much needed next of kin registry that could be used to quickly identify and locate family members.

Thank you very much for your support of LB 163 and the tremendous, positive impact it can have here in Nebraska.

Thank you for your time,

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