The Advocacy Center recently filed a lawsuit against the LA Department of Health and Hospitals on behalf of a Medicaid recipient who claimed that Medicaid denial notices do not provide enough information.
The Lafayette, LA Housing Authority will open its waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers for the first time in two years. The Section 8 program provides vouchers that cover a portion of the rental in the private housing market for very low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities in the private market. Places on the waiting list will be chosen by lottery from people who apply online from October 1 through 14, 2014.
Staff with 26+ Years of Service! They are, from left: Suzanne Chevallier, Client Advocate (26 years); Sharia Collins, Intake Specialist (30 years); Ellen Katz, Attorney (34 years); Steve Kauffman, Legislative & Systems Advocacy Support Specialist (36 years); Ken Kolb, Attorney (28 years); Jackie Sanchez, Intake Specialist Coordinator (30 years); and Lois Simpson, Executive Director (37 years).
On November 4, 2014 Louisianans will make a critical decision on Constitutional Amendment #1. This amendment further restricts budget flexibility in Louisiana, putting healthcare for people with disabilities and seniors at risk.
Advocacy Center Attorney Susan Meyers recently worked with the New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) to establish a reasonable accommodations policy within the City's Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. This policy establishes a process by which people with disabilities can make land use and design requests to the City in order to better use and access housing.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM2014). Throughout the month of October, the Advocacy Center will working with a coalition of organizations to promote employment of people with disabilities.