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John Laker

John Laker who served LINC as their Executive Director a few years back, stopped by today and brought a Christmas gift for the agency. His gift was a book written by Kim E Nielsen called “A Disability History of the United States.” John is a man of considerable giving as he frequently gives of his time and talent to a number of community projects and most likely has been a giver all of his life. His gift for LINC during this Holiday Season is one of knowledge about how disabilities have been viewed over the years as well as how some of the indigenous cultures in our country have chosen to view disabilities. As part of my ongoing conversation I would like to share some excerpts of this gift:

 

 

 

DISABLED COUNTRY

 

If there was a country called disabled, I would be from there.

I live disabled culture, eat disabled food, make disabled love, cry disabled tears,

climb disabled mountains and tell disabled stories. If there was a country called disabled ,

I would say she has immigrants that come to her From as far back as time remembers.

If there was a country called disabled, Then I am one of its citizens.I came there at age 8. I tried to leave.        ,.

Was encouraged by doctors to leave.

I tried to surgically remove myself from disabled country but found  myself, in the end, staying and living there. If there was a country called disabled,

I would always have to remind myself that I came from there. I often want to forget .

I would have to remember . . . to remember. In my life’s journey I am making myself

At home in my country.

 

-NEIL MARCUS


 

http://www.themobilityresource.com/are-you-too-disabled-to-help/?goback=%2Egde_2768119_member_263856611
Report: Premium hikes for top Medicare drug plans

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press – 7 hours ago  

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seniors enrolled in seven of the 10 most popular Medicare prescription drug plans will be hit with double-digit premium hikes next year if they don't shop for a better deal, says a private firm that analyzes the highly competitive market.

The report Monday by Avalere Health is a reality check on the Obama's administration's upbeat pronouncements. Back in August, officials had announced that the average premium for basic prescription drug coverage will stay the same in 2013, at $30 a month.

The administration's number is accurate as an overall indicator for the entire market, but not very helpful to consumers individually since it doesn't reflect price swings in the real world.

"The average senior is going to benefit by carefully scrutinizing their situation, because edit every year the market changes," Avalere President Dan Mendelson said. Avalere crunched the numbers based on bid documents that the plans submitted to Medicare.

The report found premium increases for all top 10 prescription drug plans, known as PDPs. However, the most popular plan — AARP MedicareRx Preferred — is only going up 57 cents per month nationally, to $40.42 from the current $39.85.

The seven plans with double-digit premium increases were: the Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan (23 percent); First Health Part D Premier (18 percent); First Health Part D Value Plus (17 percent); Cigna Medicare Rx Plan One (15 percent); Express Scripts Medicare-Value (13 percent); the HealthSpring Prescription Drug Plan (12 percent); and Humana Enhanced (11 percent).

Another two plans in the top 10 also had single-digit increases. They were the SilverScript Basic (8 percent) and WellCare Classic (3 percent).

On the plus side for consumers, a new low-cost plan entered the market. Premiums for the AARP MedicareRx Saver Plus Plan will average $15 a month nationally, although it won't be available everywhere. That's $3.50 less than the current low-cost leader, the Humana Walmart plan, whose premiums are rising to $18.50.

The new AARP plan is run by UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's largest health insurance company. United pays AARP for the right to use its name on a range of Medicare insurance products, a successful business strategy that has proven lucrative for both partners. When Humana and Walmart teamed up to offer their low-cost plan in 2011, United felt the competition.

"There is a real focus on the premium in this market," Mendelson said. "If a plan fields an offering with a low premium, it knows it can capture a significant number of customers."

Medicare spokesman Brian Cook did not dispute the Avalere estimates. "We continue to encourage seniors to shop around and find the plan that works best for them," he said.

Medicare's open enrollment season starts Oct. 15, and beneficiaries have a wide variety of choices of taxpayer-subsidized private prescription plans. Seniors and family members can use the online Medicare Plan Finder to input individual prescription lists and find plans in their area that cover them.

About 90 percent of Medicare's nearly 50 million beneficiaries have some form of drug coverage, with more than 17 million enrolled in private plans through the prescription drug program.

President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law is improving prescription drug plans by gradually closing the coverage gap known as the doughnut hole for those with high prescription drug costs.

The Avalare numbers did have one silver lining for the Obama administration. When the projections are tweaked to account for seniors switching to lower-cost coverage, premiums for 2013 are likely to remain steady.

Separately, the administration recently announced that average premiums for Medicare Advantage insurance plans will barely inch up next year on average, while enrollment in the private medical plans will continue to rise. Many Medicare Advantage plans also combine prescription drug coverage in one package deal.

But the biggest premium announcement is yet to come. Virtually all seniors pay the Part B premium for outpatient care, including those with traditional Medicare as well as those in private plans. Currently $99.90 a month, the Part B premium it is expected to rise next year by less than $10.

 
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

In October, Americans observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month by paying tribute to the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities whose work helps keep the nation's economy strong and by reaffirming their commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens.

 

This effort to educate the public about the issues related to disability and employment began in 1945, when Congress enacted Public Law 176, declaring the first week of October each year as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. Some 25 years later, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 

~ Quoted from http://www.loc.gov/disabilityawareness/about/index.html#about

 

This year’s theme is “Expect, Employ, Empower”. 

According to the US Dept of Labor (http://www.dol.gov/odep/) as of September 2014, the percent of people currently in the labor force without disabilities is 68.5 %.  For those with disabilities the number is much less, 20.1%.  The current unemployment rate for those without disabilities is 5.5% and for those with disabilities it is 12.3%. 

 

We can’t leave it up to the other guy or other agency to change these statistics. If nothing changes, nothing changes. There are many myths out there about hiring someone with a disability.  

1)      Employers will be forced to hire unqualified employees.  FALSE.

2)      Accommodations will cost too much.  FALSE.

3)      Employers cannot fire someone with a disability.  FALSE.

 

Seek out the facts. Go to the United States Dept. of Labor’s website to see myths and facts of hiring people with disabilities. http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/ada.htm

Talk to your boss or Human Resources Department. Offer information about the benefits of hiring someone with a disability.

www.irs.gov has information on the tax benefits for businesses who hire people with disabilities.

Besides the tax benefits:

·         Hiring people with disabilities provides a larger talent pool, diversifies your staff and creativity, and improves your business image.

·         Retention rates among people with disabilities are higher than average thus reducing training costs.

·         People with disabilities are loyal customers to businesses who support them. People who make money, spend money! Their families and friends are then influenced by good business policies which affects your bottom line in a very good way!

~ http://www.etrcc.com/disabilities-employer-resources.php

 

These are just a few of the reasons why hiring people with disabilities just makes good sense. So don’t just sit back and watch, become a part of the change! 

 
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Memories of Elvis Benefit Concert

Linc Inc Presents:

Memories of “Elvis” Benefit Concert

Saturday, September 13th 2014

Come spend a fun-filled evening with

“Elvis and Friends” At the “Swansea Moose Lodge”

Dinner Included (Chicken and Pasta Buffet from Ravanelli’s) (Dinner starts @7pm) *Party in a Barrel Raffle* *Cash Bar Available*

*Concert Starts @ 8PM*
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Proceeds from this benefit will be going to support the work of Linc Inc, helping us continue to serve and support individuals with disabilities in our area.

To find out more about what Linc does browse our website or call our main office in Swansea, IL.

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Ladies: Bring Flowers or a Stuffed Animal and get a Scarf from Elvis
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For questions please contact our Main Office in Swansea at 618-235-9988Please direct questions to Shelia MillerEmail; smiller@lincinc.org
2425 N Illinois St, Swansea, IL 62226
SOLD OUT
SOLD OUT
 
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Linc Is Moving! But Not Far.

Published on July 8, 2014 by in Slider

Linc Inc will be closed the week of July 14th thru July 18th

while we move to our new location.

 

Our new building is in the same corporate park just a couple of buildings away from our current location.

 

Moving to New Building

Moving to New Building

 

 
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