The Mission of the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. is to protect, promote and expand the rights of people with disabilities.
The ODLC mission reflects the belief that people with disabilities are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect; to be free from abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination.
The ODLC mission also reflects the belief that people with disabilities are entitled to equal rights and to equally effective access to the same opportunities as are afforded other members of society.
On March 3, 2019 the Oklahoma HealthCare Authority (OHCA) posted proposed rules for the coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis Services. ODLC has serious concerns about the proposed rules as written. We have partnered with the Autism Legal Resource Center to submit public comment to OHCA detailing these concerns. Our joint public comment follows:
“We don’t want people having to leave our state just to get better services,” said the girl’s attorney, Brian Wilkerson, director of litigation and legal services at the Oklahoma Disability Law Center. “If your only coverage is through SoonerCare, we’re leaving a large number of citizens that need these vital services out in the cold.”
Oklahoma Disability Law Center (ODLC) Successful in Pursuit of ABA Coverage for Oklahoma SoonerCare Beneficiaries
January 30, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oklahoma City, OK- Today, Administrative Law Judge, Joseph H. Young, issued a decision on a hearing held in December 2018 compelling the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) to cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy for children covered by the state’s Medicaid program, SoonerCare.
Brian Wilkerson, Director of Litigation and Legal Services for ODLC said, “While state law has required private insurers to cover ABA therapy for children since 2016, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program has continued to deny coverage.”
Judge Young ordered the OHCA to cover ABA therapy under Medicaid’s EPSDT (Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment) benefit for children under age 21. Under the EPSDT mandate, States are required to arrange for and cover any Medicaid coverable service listed in Section 1905(c) of the Social Security Act that is determined to be medically necessary for individuals eligible for the EPSDT benefit.
Kendra Webb, mother of ODLC’s client, stated “We are thrilled the OHCA is finally providing this much needed therapy to our child, and we hope that in the near future all children with Autism Spectrum Disorder covered by SoonerCare will be able to access this benefit.”
“While this order is specific to our client,” said Joy Turner, attorney with ODLC, “we believe Judge Young’s order makes it clear that the OHCA must cover ABA therapy, when medically necessary, for all children covered by EPSDT.”
The Oklahoma Disability Law Center is the federally funded Protection and Advocacy agency for Oklahoma. ODLC provides free legal services to persons with disabilities, monitors facilities to prevent abuse and neglect, and is especially focused on systemic issues.
“ODLC will continue to push for systemic changes that will ensure all families in need of such vital services as ABA therapy are able to receive them”, said Brian Wilkerson.
Brian Wilkerson, Director of Litigation and Legal Services, Oklahoma Disability Law Center
Copy of the order is available on our website: OHAC ABA Final Order 1-30-19 – Redacted
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The GoVoter Project is investigating issues around voting for people with disabilities. GoVoter has developed a survey to help them better understand the barriers voters with disabilities face when voting. The deadline for completing the survey has been extended until January 15, 2019. If you are a person with a disability and voted in the November 2018 elections, please a take a few minutes to complete their SURVEY.
Are you ready to cast your Vote tomorrow?
Here are some helpful resources:
- Find Your Polling Place and Sample Ballot— The Oklahoma Election Board Online Voter Tool allows you to confirm your voter registration, find your polling place, view sample ballots, and track absentee ballots.
- Candidate Guides — If you need more information on the candidates running for office in your area, check out these handy guides GetToThePolls.com, Ballotpedia, Ballot Ready, and Vote411.
- Discount Rides to the Polls —Rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber are offering free or discounted rides to the polls. Find out more about Lyft, Uber and Lime.
- Election Day Hotlines – Call ODLC toll free at 800-880-7755 . Here are some other valuable numbers: 866-OUR-VOTE isn’t just a handy phone number, it’s a robust resource for every citizen’s voting needs if they have questions or experience problems at the polls. It’s also available in Spanish at 866-VE-Y-VOTA, several Asian languages at 888-API-VOTE, and in Arabic at 844-YALLA-US.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2018
CONTACT: State Election Board PIO Bryan Dean, (405) 522-6624 firstname.lastname@example.org
Voter registration deadline approaches
(Oklahoma City) – Oklahoman’s have until Friday to register to vote or update their registration in time for the Nov. 6 General Election, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said today.
“It’s critical that people confirm their voter registration information and make any necessary changes before the deadline,” Ziriax said. “Elections are our chance as voters to have a say in our government, and that starts by making sure you are registered to vote.”
Voters can check their party affiliation, polling place and other registration information, view a sample ballot and track absentee ballots using the Online Voter Tool on the State Election Board’s website. It can be accessed at http://elections.ok.gov.
Voter registration forms, used to change any registration information, can be downloaded from the website, as well. They are also available at county election boards, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and some other public locations.
Voters must either deliver their voter registration forms in person or mail and have them postmarked before the deadline.
Those who are already registered to vote may update their information online. Voters can change their residential or mailing address within their current county and update their party affiliation. Address changes to a new county, name changes and new voter registrations will require a completed paper form, which can be downloaded on the website.
The General Election will allow voters to choose candidates for state and federal offices including Governor, state officers, U.S. Congressional seats, state legislative races, district attorneys and nonpartisan judicial races.
For more information, visit http://elections.ok.gov.