Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Amidst Massive Proposed Budget Cuts, Mayor's new chief aide gets big raise

Mayor's new chief aide gets big raise

@doug_hanks
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez's new top aide got a hefty pay increase with his new duties. 
Alex Ferro, became Gimenez's chief of staff earlier this month, is still making well below what his predecessor earned. But his new $145,000 salary represents an 84 percent raise over the $79,000 he made running the external-communications office for Gimenez. County records show Ferro's take home pay amounted to $73,000 last year thanks to benefit costs and other reductions.
Ferro's new pay, laid out in a personnel form obtained by The Miami Herald through a public-records request, is still significantly lower than what Lisa Martinez made as Gimenez's last chief of staff before resigning her post in early August. County records show she earned $180,000 last year, about 25 percent more than Ferro's new pay. 
But the high-profile compensation boost for Ferro, 33, comes as Gimenez is trying to get unions to accept less-generous health care benefits while also planning for job reductions and service cuts across county government.
Ferro and the mayor's office did not have an immediate comment on Ferro's pay.



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Monday, August 18, 2014

From Florida HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network: Information to Share

From FHAAN:

A number of inquiries have come from around Florida about proper complaint procedures regarding Florida Medicaid’s managed care program.

Please bookmark the links below for ready reference, so we can help advocate on behalf of Medicaid recipients, and guide them through the process.

Complaint Process
This document describes the ways to submit a complaint, as well as, how to local AHCA personnel in your local Medicaid field office by whom complaints are handled.

Continuity of Care
Please see, especially, the Continuity of Care Requirements document (link below).  It outlines what is required of the managed care plans and providers during the transition period from a recipient’s current plan of care to that provided by managed care plan’s network.  It outlines several scenarios that might be similar to client experiences you’ve had.

Program “Snapshots” – Overviews of Programs
See also, “snapshot” documents that summarize so that we can help AHCA monitor plans and providers for compliance and quality.  Snapshots for Managed Medical Assistance, Network Providers, and Long-Term Care are provided:

Jesse Fry
Co-Chairman, Advocacy Committee
Florida HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network


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DOJ Settlement - Orange County, FL Courts

Thursday, July 17, 2014


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Proposed Amendment to ADA re Movie Theaters

Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 25, 2014
Justice Department Announces Proposed Amendment to Americans with Disabilities Act Regulations to Expand Access to Movie Theaters for Individuals with Hearing and Vision Disabilities
The Justice Department announced today that Attorney General Eric Holder has signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Title III regulation for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to require movie theaters to provide closed movie captioning and audio description in order to give persons with hearing and vision disabilities access to movies. 

"This proposed rule will allow all Americans, including those with disabilities, to fully participate in the moviegoing experience.  With this proposal, the Justice Department is taking an important step to ensure consistent access for people with vision and hearing disabilities," said Attorney General Eric Holder.  "Twenty-four years after its passage, the Americans with Disabilities Act remains a critical tool for extending the promise of opportunity and inclusion for everyone in this country."

Closed movie captioning refers to captions that are delivered to the patron’s seat and are visible only to that patron.  Audio description enables individuals who are blind or have low vision to enjoy movies by providing a spoken narration of key visual elements of a movie, such as actions, settings, facial expressions, costumes and scene changes.  Audio description is transmitted to a user’s wireless headset.  The department is proposing to provide a consistent nationwide standard for movie theaters to exhibit movies that are available with closed movie captioning and audio description for all showings.  The department is also proposing to require theaters to provide a specific number of closed captioning and audio description devices.  Theaters need not comply with the proposed rule if doing so would cause an undue burden or fundamental alteration.  The department is not proposing to require movie theaters to add captions or audio description to movies that are not already produced and distributed with these features.  

The department is proposing a six-month compliance date for movie theaters’ digital movie screens and is seeking public comment on whether it should adopt a four-year compliance date for movie theaters’ analog movie screens or should defer rulemaking on analog screens until a later date.

“As we celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Saturday, we are reminded that people with disabilities still do not have full access to all aspects of American cultural life,” said Jocelyn Samuels, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.  “Although some movie theaters are making strides towards meeting their ADA obligations, there is a good deal of inconsistency among theaters across the United States.  This proposed rule is intended to ensure that, regardless of where a person with a hearing or vision disability lives, that person will be able to attend movies with their friends and family and fully enjoy this important social and cultural activity.”

On July 26, 2010, the department published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) asking how requirements for movie captions and audio description should be implemented.  The ANPRM sought public comment regarding the type of accessibility requirements for captioning and video [audio] description the department should consider, particularly in light of the industry’s conversion to digital cinema technology.  The department received more than a thousand comments in response to the ANPRM and these comments were taken into consideration when developing the proposed rule. 

The department intends to publish the proposed rule in the Federal Register in the near future, and public comments on the NPRM will be due 60 days from the date the rule is published. 

The NPRM is available for review on the ADA website .

Those interested in finding out more about the ADA may call the department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (TTY 800-514-0383) or visit the ADA website.


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Parents With Disabilities And Family Law



Parents With Disabilities And Family Law

See http://www.npr.org/2012/11/27/166010275/parents-with-disabilities-and-family-law

Read the entire report:
http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2012/Sep272012/


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'Who's On First?' The Sign Language Version



'Who's On First?' The Sign Language Version

See http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/07/22/157169085/whos-on-first-the-sign-language-version

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