Health care

Disability Rights Oregon works to advocate for necessary health care services, such as assistive technology and policy changes, including changes to the prioritized list of treatment conditions in the Oregon Health Plan.  We are also monitoring how the new community care organizations (CCOs) are working and providing services, including legally required notices.

 

Our latest stories about health care:

 

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Come celebrate our 40th anniversary with us

For the last decade and a half, I’ve had the privilege to work at Disability Rights Oregon, as a special education advocate. I represent students in special education, engage in policy advocacy, and work closely with the Latino community. I teach Spanish-speaking parents how to advocate for their children’s rights. I support them and nurture their development as leaders… Continue Reading Come celebrate our 40th anniversary with us

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The struggle for equality

*This post originally appeared on and was written for the website for the organization Nasty Women Get Shit Done.  We’re grateful that you included respecting people with disabilities among the values that you seek to uphold. The fight for disability rights is part of the larger struggle for equality. People with disabilities strive to achieve the… Continue Reading The struggle for equality

Other bills signed into law

Disability Rights Oregon tracked many other bills during the 2017 legislative session. Many of those fell outside of our legislative agenda. Below are the ones that the Governor signed into law. Mental Health Conditions SB 64 Renames “mental disease or defect” to “qualifying mental disorder” in criminal and certain juvenile statutes. Effective date, January 1,… Continue Reading Other bills signed into law

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Disability community helps defeat latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act

Last night, the Senate rejected legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Below is our response. Statement from Executive Director Bob Joondeph:  Courage. It takes courage to stand in the face of power and announce that you will not be fooled, that you will not be patronized or ignored. It is no small thing… Continue Reading Disability community helps defeat latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act

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Why we need greater constitutional protections to achieve equality

In 1985, the Supreme Court ruled that Americans with disabilities did not need strict constitutional protection against discrimination because they had access to lawmakers to protect their rights. Advocates got the message, and were able to achieve passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. Nearly 30 years later, however, the promise of… Continue Reading Why we need greater constitutional protections to achieve equality

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Bring the light of day to the AHCA bill before next week’s Senate vote

Like many seventh-grade students, I’m obsessed with Minecraft. I enjoy camping, skateboarding, and riding my bike. My dream is to be an astrophysicist. I also happen to experience arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. My joints were contracted when I was born. I have weak muscles and am unable to swallow. I’m fed through a tube. Like my classmates, I’m focused on school. But… Continue Reading Bring the light of day to the AHCA bill before next week’s Senate vote

Enhancing self-determination through alternatives to guardianship

This article originally appeared in the Oregon State Bar Elder Law Newsletter, April 2017 edition. Enhancing self-determination in less-restrictive alternatives to guardianship By Jan E. Friedman, Disability Rights Oregon Attorney, and Stephen Peters, Disability Rights Oregon Rights Advocate Jan E. Friedman has been an attorney with Disability Rights Oregon since 1999; she currently heads up… Continue Reading Enhancing self-determination through alternatives to guardianship