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.)

Alaska

Governor signs disability service philosophy bill into law,” by Elizabeth Earl, Penninsula Clarion, 08.28.18

California

California Slams Trump Admin. over Proposal Targeting Homecare Workers,” by Marivic Cabural Summers, USA Herald, 08.14.18

Backlog of claims makes some wait nearly two years for Social Security disability hearings,” by Tim Sheehan, The Fresno Bee, 06.22.18

Colorado

Hawaii

Tax break for disabled or unemployable veterans advances,” by Nancy Cook Lauer, Hawaii Tribune Herald, 07.25.18

Idaho

Indiana

Iowa

Governor drops Medicaid adviser who spoke up for disabled Iowans after services were cut,” by Tony Leys, Des Moines Register, 08.07.18

‘Not medically needed’: A private Medicaid manager is trying to slash a paralyzed Iowa man’s care. Again.,” by Tony Leys, Des Moines Register, 06.07.18

Kentucky

Kentucky Medicaid Waiver Scheme Halted by Federal Court,” by National Health Law Program, 06.29.18

Maine

Saco furniture maker with social mission opening its doors to the public,” by Gillian Graham, Portland Press Herald, 08.27.18

Lawmakers avert crisis for adults with intellectual disabilities,” by Joe Lawlor, Portland Press Herald, 06.25.18

Michigan

Disability employment-increasing but still lagging,” by Gina Joseph and Norb Franz, Macomb Daily, 08.13.18

Minnesota

New study identifies hiring bias against individuals with disabilities,” by Amanda Ostuni, MinnPost, 08.06.18

In major shift, state expands work opportunities for young people with disabilities,” by Chris Serres, Star Tribune, 06.09.18

Mississippi

‘Mental carnage’ awaits those who fall through safety net cracks in rural Mississippi,” by Anna Wolfe, Mississippi Clarion Ledger, 07.18

Montana

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

Extra funding could shorten nearly 2-year wait for Social Security hearings in Syracuse,” by James T Mulder, syracuse.com, 07.02.18

Ohio

Direct-care agency bumps pay to attract new workers, reduce turnover,” by Rita Price, The Columbus Dispatch, 06.15.18

Oregon

Savings plan helps Oregonians with disabilities save money and keep benefits,” by Corlyn Voorhees, The Oregonian, 07.06.18

VA continues home health care for disabled Oregon vet,” by Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian, 06.15.18

Texas

After Harvey, questions remain about whether registry helped people with disabilities,” by Marissa Evans, The Texas Tribune, 8.22.18

Vermont

Virgina

Last resident leaves institution for disabled in Virginia,” by Sarah Rankin, The Washington Post, 09.04.18

Washington

Washington, DC

Wisconsin