A new survey of medical specialists by researchers in Springfield Massachusetts found many could not accommodate patients who use a wheelchair. The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act mandates that all medical practitioners must provide full and equal access.
A congressional committee has been looking into why the federal government overpaid New York State by more than $10 billion for the care of developmentally disabled people in state developmental centers. Congress began its probe after reports in the Poughkeepsie Journal. Mary Beth Pfeiffer, projects writer with the journal, says even though the overpayments were first detected in 2007, they still continued. She spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they have agreed on a sweeping reform of the state's system of caring for the disabled that has been marked for years by abuse and death. WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports…
For Cuomo, the deal announced Sunday fulfills a major legislative goal.
Recent governors have been dogged for years by outcry from whistle blowers and a chilling New York Times series was published this year about abuse within the massive bureaucracy caring for 1 million people.