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
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.
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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
Today, the Senate voted to move forward with consideration of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Below is our response. Statement from Executive Director Bob Joondeph: On the eve of the 27th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Senate stands on the precipice of undoing nearly half a… Continue Reading Senate votes to move forward with Affordable Care Act repeal
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