Sunday, May 24, 2009

Huffington Post Welcomes Ari Ne'eman

ASAN President Ari Ne'eman recently was invited to blog at the Huffington Post. His first article, entitled Health Care Reform and the Disability Community, discusses several issues of importance to the disability community that need to be addressed in developing health care reform plans. The first priority should be long-term services and supports, which are necessary to enable many people with disabilities to live in their communities but often are not available because of the institutional bias in Medicaid. Health care disparities are another serious problem requiring more attention and meaningful action. Discrimination has to be stopped in both insurance coverage and the provision of health care.

"With limited resources, Congress will need to make difficult decisions," the article states, "yet discriminating against people with disabilities in the provision of health care services should never be considered an acceptable option."

Readers of the Huffington Post have warmly welcomed Ari Ne'eman with comments that have been overwhelmingly positive. One reader, commenting under the nickname Flavor, complimented the article and then went on to say, "because of your article I went to the [ASAN] site and donated funds to continue for this type of info to continue to be posted for the people to see. Thanks a bunch."

ASAN thanks Flavor, all the people who took the time to read the article and comment on it, and the Huffington Post for being so supportive of our work and of disability rights advocacy!

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