News Releases and Statements
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (August 28, 2017): Today, the National Federation of the Blind and two blind individuals who receive Social Security benefits filed a federal lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) for its failure to make its Visitor Intake Processing touchscreen kiosks accessible to its blind visitors. As a result, blind patrons are unable to check in independently at their local SSA field offices, and are forced to divulge private information, such as their social security numbers, to SSA staff or other sighted third parties to assist them.
(Sacramento, CA – July 31, 2017) Congress could not find a majority to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or cut Medicaid. The proposals in Congress would have impacted health care for up 32 million people and cut more than $800 billion from Medicaid. This victory is a testament to the tireless efforts of disability rights groups and countless individuals. This is what happens when we unite to educate lawmakers.
July 6, 2017 – The State of California has failed to implement a federal law that requires Medi-Cal to implement eligibility rules intended to prevent one spouse from going broke while paying for at-home care for a spouse with a disability, according to a class action lawsuit filed today. Kelley v. Kent (LA. Super. Ct.).
(Sacramento, CA – June 22, 2017) Senate Republicans today unveiled an outline of their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Lawmakers drafted the bill without any public hearings. Senate leadership is pushing for a vote before the July 4 holiday recess. The bill contains many of the same harmful cuts that are included in the House bill passed in May. They will be catastrophic for people with disabilities, seniors, and children.
(Sacramento, CA – May 25, 2017) Disability Rights California opposes the president’s 2018 budget and is concerned that if enacted it would be devastating to people with disabilities. It imposes massive cuts, including:
(Sacramento, CA – May 18, 2017) Forty-five-year old Charles McCarron, who has a developmental disability, dreamed of working in the food service industry. However, after high school he could not get a job in the community. Instead, he worked in a sheltered workshop, earning below minimum wage. Years later, with help from state agencies he got a job in an ice cream parlor. See video profiling Charles here. Today Charles works as a dishwasher in a restaurant.
(Sacramento, CA – May 15, 2017) Virginia Knowlton Marcus has joined Disability Rights California (DRC) as Director of the Legal Advocacy Unit. Knowlton returns to DRC after 11 years as the Executive Director of our sister organization, Disability Rights Maryland. Virginia has been advocating for people with disabilities on a broad array of issues at the state, federal and international levels for 25 years.
Disability Rights California cheered the March 23 U.S. House leadership move to pull the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the floor without a vote. The action was in response to overwhelming pressure by advocates and the public as well as opposition from Democrats and some Republicans. They understood the devastating effect this legislation would have on millions of Americans.
(Sacramento, CA – March 22, 2017) Disability Rights California (DRC) and the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) today called on the California congressional delegation to preserve access to Medicaid services (Medi-Cal in CA). The plea comes on the eve of the House’s March 23 vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
(Sacramento, CA – March 9, 2017) This statement is from Catherine Blakemore, Executive Director of Disability Rights California, on the American Health Care Act: