Postcard From Capitol Hill: Health Care Hearing's Action Was in Hallway

Kaiser Health News, By Rachel Bluth, September 25, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - “Kill the bill, don’t kill us,” one woman screamed, inches from a U.S. Capitol Police officer’s face Monday afternoon in a marbled hallway of U.S. Capitol at the start of the one and only public hearing on the GOP’s last-ditch effort to replace the Affordable Care Act. READ MORE:

Often the barrier to medical care isn’t the disability but a health system poorly equipped to handle it: a lack of transportation, accessible medical equipment and safe methods of transfer. These structural problems can be compounded by cultural ones: stigma, communication challenges and inadequate training for clinicians and staff. Read the full article in the New York Times.

ALBANY - New York's highest court rejected the argument Thursday that mentally competent, terminally ill patients have a constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide, upholding lower court rulings. Read full article in the New York Law Journal.

Paulina Ruiz, 26, is a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) permit. She also has cerebral palsy. Read the full story by Fernando Hurtado on

Houston: A Holocaust survivor waded waist-deep in flood water. Dozens of people were trapped in a 14-story residence for seniors. Adisabled man sat alone at home, without the aide who usually helps him, watching the water rise and unsure if anyone would more from the New York Times...

Recognizing lifelong achievements of peers who have made a positive impact on people with disabilities

The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) is proud to announce the creation of the NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame.

NYSILC will induct up to 5 peers who have made achievements in the area(s) of improving public policy and programs/services, advancing new knowledge and/or concepts, eliminating barriers, and promoting a positive image for people with disabilities.  In October, look for details about the inductee nomination process.

Join us for the 1st Annual NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and Dinner on April 26, 2018 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY.  Enjoy delicious fare and the company of friends while you celebrate the accomplishments of the very first inductees!

Proceeds from the event will help to sustain the awards ceremony and dinner in the future, and will also support both the Pat Figueroa Jr. Young Adult Scholarships and the Leadership Development and Civic Engagement Program (LDCEP).

Details about the Disability Rights Hall of Fame and how to buy tickets will be available soon on the NYSILC website.

New York State Independent Living Center (NYSILC)

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