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New York City will stop collecting Social Security money from children in foster care

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

New York City officials announced the city will no longer take all Social Security checks from children to pay for foster care. Last year NPR and The Marshall Project investigated the common practice.


States send kids to foster care and their parents the bill — often one too big to pay

Monday, December 27, 2021

In every state, governments charge parents for the cost of foster care when children are taken away. When that happens, NPR found, poor parents can't make ends meet, so families are kept apart longer.


Despite calls to improve, air travel is still a nightmare for many with disabilities

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Congress told the Transportation Security Administration and airlines in 2018 to improve air travel for people with disabilities. But TSA data and stories from flyers suggest little has improved.


How Does Having A Disability Affect Your TSA Screening Experience?

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Does having a disability affect your experience with TSA screening at the airport? If so, NPR is doing stories about this and we'd like to hear from you.


Los Angeles County Moves To Get More Money Into The Hands Of Foster Youth

Friday, July 16, 2021

Los Angeles County plans to ensure foster youth who get Social Security can use the money later, going against the common practice of child welfare agencies nationwide to use benefits to pay for care.


Movement Grows For States To Give Back Federal Funds Owed To Foster Children

Monday, May 03, 2021

When kids age out of foster care, they face high rates of unemployment and homelessness. An NPR investigation finds that many of these youths were entitled to federal funds that could have helped.


Consultants Help States Find And Keep Money That Should Go To Foster Kids

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Many kids in foster care are entitled to Social Security benefits. An investigation by NPR and The Marshall Project found some states take the checks, and use private consultants to find the money.


State Foster Care Agencies Take Millions Of Dollars Owed To Children In Their Care

Thursday, April 22, 2021

In at least 36 states and the District of Columbia, child welfare agencies use a child's benefit checks to offset the cost of foster care, often leaving them with a tattered safety net as adults.


HHS Civil Rights Office Tackles Health Care Discrimination Of People With Disabilities

Friday, January 15, 2021

New actions from the Office For Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services aim to fight discrimination against people with disabilities who have COVID-19, like being denied treatment.


Oregon Hospitals Didn't Have Shortages. So Why Were Disabled People Denied Care?

Monday, December 21, 2020

The fight to save the life of one woman reveals a grim pattern: In Oregon, people with disabilities were denied health care during the pandemic, even without a shortage of ventilators or other care.


Oregon Hospitals Told Not To Withhold Care Because Of A Person's Disability

Monday, December 21, 2020

During a pandemic, doctors make hard choices about who gets care. Federal law says they can't rule out someone based on disability or age. But some worry the decisions are made behind closed doors.


As Hospitals Fear Being Overwhelmed By COVID-19, Do The Disabled Get The Same Access?

Monday, December 14, 2020

In an Oregon hospital, a disabled woman fought for her life as her friends and advocates pleaded for proper care. Her case raises the question: Are disabled lives equally valued during a pandemic?


American Airlines Reverses Policy That Imposed Weight Limit On Wheelchairs

Monday, November 23, 2020

American Airlines reversed a recent policy that banned wheelchairs weighing more than 300 pounds, which includes many power wheelchairs, from some of its regional jets following an NPR report.


A New Rule Means Some People With Wheelchairs Can't Fly On American Airlines

Monday, November 02, 2020

A new policy from American Airlines, the largest airline in the United States, put a limit on the weight of a wheelchair. Now, many power wheelchairs are too heavy to fly on smaller regional jets.


Undocumented With COVID-19: Many Face A Long Recovery, Largely On Their Own

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

People can spend months recovering from COVID-19 and sometimes have lasting disabilities. That is especially hard for undocumented people, who often are in high-risk jobs without health insurance.


Undocumented People With No Health Insurance Struggle Especially Hard From COVID-19

Monday, August 31, 2020

People who contract COVID-19 can spend months in recovery and end up with long-term disabilities. It's especially hard for undocumented immigrants who are at high risk an don't have health insurance.


One Man's COVID-19 Death Raises The Worst Fears Of Many People With Disabilities

Friday, July 31, 2020

The hospital said it made a humane decision to end treatment. Michael Hickson's widow says doctors ended his care because they underestimated the life of a man with significant disabilities.


One Laid Groundwork For The ADA; The Other Grew Up Under Its Promises

Sunday, July 26, 2020

As the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30, a founder of the disability rights movement, Judy Heumann, talks to activist Imani Barbarin, born a few months after the landmark law was signed.


Disaster Relief For The Elderly And Disabled Is Already Hard. Now Add A Pandemic

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Natural disasters are already deadly for the elderly and people with disabilities. During the pandemic, advocates say disaster preparation has fallen short in meeting the needs of the most at risk.


As COVID-19 Spreads In Prisons, Lockdowns Spark Fear Of More Solitary Confinement

Monday, June 15, 2020

With many U.S. prisons on lockdown amid the pandemic, keeping prisoners in their cells has emerged as a way to stop viral spread. Advocates worry that will increase the use of solitary confinement.