Top 5 most-read blog posts of 2017

Our work spans so many different issues and topics. We always want to know what interests you most.

We took a look back across the last 12 months of blog posts. Here are the top 5 posts that attracted the greatest interest. Thanks for reading!

Photo: Joseph Lowe, using a power wheelchair, travels down a ramp from a red midsize SUV parked in a garage.#5: Getting to Work: Q&A with Joseph Lowe

Imagine you received an exciting job offer, but you didn’t have a way to get to your office because there was no accessible transportation. That’s the challenge that Sandy resident Joseph Lowe faced when he needed to commute from his home to his new employer in Salem.

Stack of coins#4: Will the ABLE Act Help You?

The ABLE Act, signed into law on December 19, 2014, gives people with disabilities the opportunity to establish tax-deferred savings accounts to maintain their independence, pursue their dreams and contribute to their communities. ABLE Plans fall under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.

#3: ACA Repeal Could Be Devastating to Long Term Care in Oregon

In February, the Oregon Department of Human Services published a fact sheet about the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The fact sheet considers possible impacts to the services provided by Aging and People with Disabilities and the Office of Developmental Disability Services.

A side by side of childhood photo of Marilyn and Melanie holding each other and smiling and a more recent photo of them doing the same. #2: Q&A: Marilyn’s Story

Why does Medicaid matter? Read Marilyn’s story. Her sister Melanie describes what Medicaid-funded programs mean for Marilyn’s life.

Marilyn is 36 years old. She was born with cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and a seizure disorder. Her sister wrote, “Giving Marilyn a chance to be a participating member of our family and her community would never have been possible without social programs and her Medicaid Waiver.”

Photo of Bob wearing glasses smiling at the camera.#1: Medicaid block grants and high risk pools threaten Oregonians with disabilities

Executive Director Bob Joondeph looked at Congressional Republicans’ plans to block grant Medicaid, writing, “It isn’t pretty. While Oregon has been a leader in health care reform, block grants threaten our progress and target people with disabilities for neglect. Proposals to return to ‘high risk pools’ promise similar results.”

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