White House Call on Disability Issues for January 10th, 2011

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Today’s White House Call on Disability Issues was lead by Khareem Dale of the White House’s Office of the National Disability Policy Council. Mr. Dale shared several announcements with callers at the beginning of the call conference. These announcements include: (1) the signing by the President of the Early Hearing and Intervention Act which provides intervention, testing, services, and so on for children, and provides funding for such institutions as NIH for research in hearing loss/deafness, intervention, prevention, and so on; (2) the signing by the President of the Pedestrian Safety and Enhancement Act which creates safety standards for all cars, including hybrid and electric cars, that include lights and sounds; (3) HUD and DHHS have teamed up to aid non-elderly people with disabilities to move out of facilities/institutions by providing vouchers for rent and providing health and social supports once they have integrated back into the community; and (4) ONDPC received over 800 emails after the first White House Call on Disability Issues.

There were two speakers in today’s call. The first was Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National Disability Policy Council (NDCP) and Senior Advisor to the President on NDCP.  Mr. Crowley shared his background with the callers and he shared some statistics on HIV/AIDS, including that there are currently over 1.1 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS. He also shared what the US government is doing over seas and at home in regards to HIV/AIDS. The majority of Mr. Crowley’s time was spent discussing the Affordable Care Act, which includes the Class Effort – a voluntary program that is to be led by Kathy Greenly of DHHS’ Agency on Aging. He also discussed how Medicare and Medicaid would be affected by the Affordable Care Act, including that everyone will be eligible for Medicaid up to 134% of the poverty level and the changes to Medicare and its Plan D. Mr. Crowley also discussed how private insurance has been and will be affected (lifetime limit has been banned for example).  He also encouraged callers to regularly visit http://www.healthcare.gov to see up coming changes to the health care system under the Affordable Care Act.

The other speaker for today was Christine Griffin, Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). She discussed the July 26th, 2010 Executive Order signed by President Obama that asks government agencies to begin hiring people with disabilities and severe disabilities. Ms. Griffin discussed the document created by OPM that guides government agencies in developing their plans to hire 100,000 people with disabilities in the next five years. This document includes specifics with recruiting, hiring, and retaining people with disabilities as employees of the government. Ms. Griffin also discussed the mandatory training that includes Schedule A and how training on Schedule A has been developed specifically for people with disabilities (what they need to do to be identified with the Schedule).  She also shared a website so that the callers can view a video training of Schedule A. That website is: www.opm.gov/disability.

There was a Q&A period at the end of the call that included questions about Schedule A, how the Affordable Care Act will affect regular citizens after 2014, and where a person with disabilities needs to look if they want to work for the government.

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