This week we’re reading more in the ongoing home care regulation story, the latest SS-DI participation rates plus commentary on the program’s design, and more.
- Disability Scoop reports that the U.S. Department of Labor has filed a notice of appeal contesting a recent federal court ruling that put a stop to a 2013’s regulation’s home care worker pay changes.
- A new report from the Social Security Administration shows slightly more than 35 percent of Americans receiving Disability Insurance (DI) have a mental illness, while the total number of beneficiaries with a disability is up nearly 50 percent from a decade ago. And The Economistdiscusses DI’s “antiquated” design, which presumes that people with disabilities cannot work.
- The Chronicle of Social Change is out with New Year resolutions for the mental healthcare system serving young people, especially transition-age youth: “Children, particularly with adverse backgrounds, need self-confidence and self-esteem to be able to take care of themselves when they are on their own.”
- Despite being the first in the country, the Vermont legislature is revisiting its aid-in-dying law as a key backer says changes to automatically take effect in mid-2016 would remove too many individual protections on The New York Times.