State News

Many folks with chronic pain, chronic illness and/or disability consider a move after they are diagnosed, forced to leave the work force or get approved for SSI or SSDI. Why? Well, sometimes the environment plays a significant role in their condition, be it how industrialized (chemically saturated) it is, the weather, economics or the politics are simply such that they can’t live anywhere near equal to their able-bodied counterparts in their current location.

Sadly, many make moves that leave them in locations which are no better, and sometimes worse, than where they came from. It is important to research a move, in depth. Here I will place state news regarding how folks with chronic pain, chronic illness and/or disability are treated, state-by-state.

In addition, consider a move away from the United States. I love my country of birth, but it seems as if it’s primary feeling is that if you are disabled, you ought to be poor and grateful for whatever services you may receive without complaining about those you don’t get but need.

It’s a sad state of affairs. Hopefully I will be able to add more information about moving out of country as an ex-patriot until our fellow citizens can come to value us as they value themselves.

(Depending on how up-to-date I can stay, article links may be removed after six months. Regardless, check for updated information on older stories and alternative views in alternative publications to get a full picture on the topics below.)

Colorado

Colorado To Spend Marijuana Tax Money To Fight Addiction And Homelessness, by Consumerist, 5.31.17

Idaho

Disability advocates demand answers, by Bryan Clark, Post Register, 7.17.17

Indiana

Kentucky and Indiana called the worst in US for long-term support of elderly, disabled, by Darla Carter, USA Today, 7.11.17

Ohio

Families fight class-action status in disability rights lawsuit, by Rita Price, The Columbus Dispatch, 6.8.17

Kentucky

Kentucky and Indiana called the worst in US for long-term support of elderly, disabled, by Darla Carter, USA Today, 7.11.17

Montana

GOP candidate Greg Gianforte has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies, by , The Guardian, 5.25.17

New Hampshire

NH near nation’s top in disability payments for mental illness, by Dave Solomon, New Hampshire Union Leader, 6.30.17

Vermont

State Wants Adults With Developmental Disabilities To Have More Say In Life Choices, by Howard Weiss-Tisman, VPR, 7.11.17

New law supports women with healthy pregnancies, by Noella May Pickett, Business Vermont, 5.26.17

Virgina

Trumpcare could lead to cuts in services for elderly, people with disabilities in Virginia, Richmond-Times Dispatch, 5.4.17

Virginia’s expansion of disability services leaves Fairfax County short of funds, The Washington Post. 5.3.17

Washington, DC

D.C. Rights Group Sues Uber Over Lack Of Wheelchair Access, by Martin Di Caro, WAMU, 6.28.17

Wisconsin

Wisconsin becoming national leader in hiring disabled workers, by Jason Stein, Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, 6.7.1