Post by: Eric Jones | Posted Date: December 11th, 2013 | Categories: Social Security Disability
Many individuals with disabilities have missed doctor appointments due to transportation issues. Recently an individual who uses a wheelchair contacted Disability Rights Ohio because his transportation service was unreliable and had informed him is that they didn’t have a driver who was able to accommodate his needs.
A DRO attorney was able to assist the client in resolving the issue by providing technical assistance, resources and suggestions. The client had been trying to use a transportation service through his insurance company and after some research, found his waiver program through Medicaid also covered medical transportation. The individual now has good and reliable transportation to his medical appointments.
A child who uses a wheelchair for his physical disability will be able to spend more time out in the community and work on his mobility now that a van will be modified to transport him and his medical equipment.
The parent contacted DRO on behalf of her son after her request to the DD county board for van modifications through the client’s IO Waiver had been denied. A staff attorney advised the parent about appealing the denial and represented the client at a county conference prior to hearing. At the conference, the parent presented information and pictures of the client’s equipment, which includes a large wheelchair. Based on this information, the county board approved the request. The parent is now working with the county board and van modification company to get the equipment installed.
The parent of a child with an intellectual disability contacted DRO after receiving notification that the state was changing his son’s insurance from Medicaid to the Medicaid Managed Care Program. His concern was his son would lose his home healthcare because the service provider wasn’t part of the managed care program.
A staff attorney provided resource information, performed research, and made recommendations and suggestions to the parent, enabling him to successfully advocate for his child. The child now has a Medicaid waiver and is able to remain in his home with appropriate services.
For more information on Disability Rights Ohio visit http://disabilityrightsohio.org