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There’s no limit to what people with disabilities can do. Now, that includes saving, too.

With ABLE Nevada, you can save for qualified disability expenses without losing your eligibility for certain assistance programs, like SSI and Medicaid.

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Save with special tax advantages.

The earnings on your investments are federally tax-deferred and tax-free, if used for qualified disability expenses.1 That can help your savings compound, earning returns on your returns.

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How Can I spend ABLE $

ABLE Accounts:

Rules for Spending ABLE Money
You can spend the money in your ABLE account on any “qualified disability expense.” This can include:

Housing (which can be mortgage payments, real property taxes, rent, furniture, heating fuel, gas, electricity, water, sewer, or garbage removal)
Transportation (including gasoline and car repairs, public transportation, paratransit, and taxis).

Medical expenses, prevention, and wellness (including insurance premiums and copays)

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Many people who have disabilities are unfamiliar with the ABLE Law or what an ABLE Account is and how it can help them. Recently in Nevada I have been helping educate people with disabilities and also attorneys and some judges who hear cases on ABLE.  This has really educated me on the importance of an ABLE Account.

What is an ABLE account? An ABLE account is a tax-advantaged savings account where qualified individuals with disabilities can open a spending account as a result of the passage of the ABLE Act of 2014.  The person can make a contribution to their ABLE accounts on an after-tax basis. The earnings from ABLE funds are tax-deferred and are tax-free as long as the person uses them for qualified disability expenses.

Why the need for ABLE accounts? In most states people with disabilities can only have $2,000 in assets at any given time in order to remain eligible for many federal programs that many depend on programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  Although under ABLE, they are now eligible for an ABLE savings account that will not affect their eligibility for SSI (up to $100,000), Medicaid and other public benefits. Also though the ABLE account it allows an increase this $2,000 asset limitation so that individuals account holder and their families can save money for their present and future needs.

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Disability Groups Oppose the Nomination of Kavanaugh

Disability Organizations are opposing Nomination of Kavanaugh and here is why.

Kavanaugh Thinks It’s Okay to Perform Elective Surgery on People Without Their Consent

Article on line listed below


Right now, Congress is in a deadlock over Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Senators are reviewing more than 1 million pages of his legal writing—which have laid out his stance on women’s reproductive rights (opposed), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (opposed), and the Affordable Care Act (opposed)—and members are battling over access to additional documentation that could reveal past experience with torture and wiretapping. While many of Kavanaugh’s opinions have been controversial—in particular his dissent from a decision that allowed an immigrant woman to have an abortion—one of his most problematic rulings has gone unreported. As a Judge in D.C. Circuit Court, Kavanaugh argued that people with disabilities could be forced to undergo elective surgeries, including abortion, without their consent.

In 2001, three intellectually disabled D.C. residents brought suit against the city in Doe ex rel. Tarlow v. D.C, after they were subjected to at least three involuntary procedures: two abortions and one elective eye surgery. Ultimately, the district court agreed that these women’s due process rights had been violated and that “constitutionally adequate procedures” had not been followed. The District Court ruled for the plaintiffs and held that D.C. must make “documented reasonable efforts to communicate” with patients and if unsuccessful, the government had to take into account the “totality of circumstances” before proceeding to ensure any decision is in the best interest of the patient. This decision codified patients’ right to self-determination, and struck down the practice of elective surgeries without consent from the patients at stake.

The lifetime pass Kavanaugh seems to be arguing for does not exist.
On appeal, Judge Kavanaugh vacated the District Court’s injunction, arguing that “accepting the wishes of patients who lack, and have always lacked the mental capacity to make medical decisions does not make logical sense.” That stands in contrast to even the most conservative interpretations of the laws that existed at the time, which required two separate health professionals to determine whether a patient had the capacity to make medical decisions before every procedure. The lifetime pass Kavanaugh seems to be arguing for, which would allow doctors to perform any procedures they wanted on a person who was once ruled unfit, does not exist.

One hundred years ago, Kavanaugh’s ruling would have been at home on the Supreme Court. In the 1920’s, in the famous 8-1 ruling of Buck v. Bell, the Supreme Court found a Virginia statute that allowed for the sexual sterilization of a third generation, “feebleminded” women was constitutional because “three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

For context, when the Supreme Court made that ruling, John Scopes had recently been put on trial for teaching evolution in public schools. Penicillin hadn’t been invented. It was still illegal in most states to marry someone of a different race. There was no such thing as a chocolate chip cookie, Scotch tape, or the Golden Gate Bridge. We didn’t know Pluto existed.

The 57 million Americans with disabilities are bracing themselves
We’ve made progress since then. Twenty-eight years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act granted people with disabilities access to society. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act expanded the right to an education 43 years ago, and the Olmstead v. L.C. decision gave disabled people the right to live in their communities 19 years ago. All that will be meaningless the moment Kavanaugh is given a seat on the Supreme Court that allows him to rule that disabled Americans are not capable of deciding what’s best for them. It’s not hard to imagine that happening. He could rule that it’s okay for teachers to use seclusion and restraint because they know what’s best for the treatment of disabled children in school. He could say that community living isn’t the best option for someone successfully living in a home of their own because that’s what the nursing home lobby says.

As both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate gear up for what is likely to be a long hearing process, the 57 million Americans with disabilities are bracing themselves for the negative consequences of Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment. If that happens, the disability community’s history of activism in all forms—from their work to preserve the ACA, to fighting to end the use of electric shock therapy on children, to pushing for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work—shows that when it’s most needed, the moral arc of the universe can be bent into a ramp to achieve justice.

AUCD Opposes the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States

Plain Language Summary Available

July 31, 2018

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The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a national organization that supports the right of self-determination for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities. After carefully reviewing opinions that fail to affirm this right and jeopardize access to healthcare for people with disabilities, AUCD has decided to oppose the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. “The appointment of Judge Kavanaugh threatens civil rights protections for people with disabilities including access to healthcare,” said Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of AUCD. “Judge Kavanaugh’s record on the D.C. Circuit has failed to support the critical principle of self-determination for people with intellectual disabilities and the importance of access to healthcare for millions of Americans with disabilities.” Two cases in Judge Kavanaugh’s record form the primary basis for our concerns.

In the 2007 ruling DOE v. District of Columbia and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration, Judge Kavanaugh ruled that people with intellectual disabilities could be presumed incompetent to make medical decisions:

Judge Kavanaugh overruled multiple district court orders that had given people with intellectual disabilities who had been deemed not legally competent the right to have input into whether or not they would be subject to elective surgery. The lower courts had affirmed that a legally incompetent individual may be capable of expressing a choice or preference regarding medical treatment. The court therefore ordered the District of Columbia to make “documented reasonable efforts to communicate” with patients “regarding their wishes.” If communication was unsuccessful and a patient’s wishes couldn’t be determined, however, the lower court had allowed the government to determine the patient’s “best interests” by considering the “totality of the circumstances.”

In his written decision, Judge Kavanaugh neither acknowledged nor appeared to consider that a person could have an intellectual disability but still might understand the nature of a surgery or have a right to know, think about, or decide whether to undergo a procedure. Making an effort to communicate was viewed as an unnecessary standard to apply to the government when it wanted to perform surgery on a person with an intellectual disability because, in Judge Kavanaugh’s words, they were “by definition” incompetent so their input was not relevant to the decision. In his view, the Constitution would not protect people with intellectual disabilities from a state agency policy that allowed non-emergency elective surgery without informing them or making any effort to ascertain whether they wanted it. Liz Weintraub, Senior Advocacy Specialist at AUCD, commented on the ruling, “As a woman with an intellectual disability, I know what it is like for other people to try to make decisions about my life, my relationships, and my body. Judge Kavanaugh seems to think people like me don’t deserve a say in our own healthcare, and that to me is dangerous, discriminatory, and shows he doesn’t really understand the idea of ‘nothing about us without us’.”

Judge Kavanaugh’s dissent in Seven-Sky v. Holder illustrates his belief that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional:

Judge Kavanaugh’s dissent from the D.C. Circuit Court ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act reflects his view that the law is unconstitutional and beyond the power of Congress. He rejected all of the government’s defenses of the ACA, concluding specifically that the individual mandate to purchase health insurance could not be justified under either the Taxation or Spending Clauses of the Constitution. Judge Kavanaugh’s rationale for overturning on the ACA was so extensive that it formed the basis of the four-vote dissent that would have struck down the ACA at the Supreme Court. “The Affordable Care Act is what stopped insurance companies from excluding people with pre-existing conditions, making it foundational to the lives of people with disabilities. If Judge Kavanaugh leads the Supreme Court to overturn the ACA, people with disabilities will lose access to health insurance and affordable medical care,” says AUCD Executive Director Andrew Imparato.


AUCD urges individuals and organizations to learn about Judge Kavanaugh’s record on the DC Circuit and use this opportunity to educate your Senators about the importance of self-determination and access to healthcare for millions of Americans with disabilities and their families.


The Association of University Centers on Disabilities, located in Silver Spring, MD, is a national, nonprofit organization that promotes and supports the national network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice through research, education, leadership, and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. For more information, visit or contact

The American Association of People with Disabilities Opposes the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

August 15, 2018

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) opposes the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court based on his previous rulings as a DC Circuit Court Judge that have devalued the lives and liberty of people with disabilities. Judge Kavanaugh’s rulings and statements on health care, self-determination, employment, and education threaten the rights of all Americans with disabilities.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed millions more people with disabilities to gain access to health care by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a pre-existing condition. Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly expressed public skepticism of the ACA and has ruled in several cases to undermine elements of the law and hinder its implementation. These rulings set a dangerous precedent for the disability community. AAPD will not support a Supreme Court nominee whose actions and record jeopardize disabled individuals’ access to health care and, therefore, impact their ability to live, work, and participate in their communities.

The principle of self-determination holds that people with disabilities must have the freedom and authority to exercise control over their own lives. Based on his ruling in Doe ex rel. Tarlow v. D.C., Judge Kavanaugh believes otherwise. The Doe plaintiffs were subjected to elective surgeries based on the consent of DC officials; Judge Kavanaugh dismissed the notion that the plaintiffs could express a choice or preference regarding medical treatment on the basis of their intellectual disability. AAPD will not support a Supreme Court nominee who does not affirm the rights and abilities of people with disabilities to determine the course of their own lives.

Regarding employment discrimination, Judge Kavanaugh has consistently ruled in favor of employers while routinely disregarding the experiences of people with disabilities. He has time and time again, demonstrated undue deference to employers and a narrow understanding of anti-discrimination protections. AAPD will not support a Supreme Court nominee who does not protect the rights of workers with disabilities.

Judge Kavanaugh is also a strong proponent of school voucher programs. Typically, students with disabilities who participate in these programs are forced to waive their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including the right to receive a free and appropriate education (FAPE). Given the ongoing threats to a quality education for students with disabilities, AAPD will not support a Supreme Court nominee who is willing to trade away these protections.

“The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court is a very real threat to the lives and liberty of people with disabilities,” said Ted Kennedy, Jr., Chair of the AAPD Board of Directors. “His record gives every indication that as a Supreme Court Justice, Judge Kavanaugh’s rulings will turn back the progress of the disability rights movement to a pre-ADA era. We cannot be silent here. The Senate must hear from the disability community about the dangers of this nomination.”

AAPD urges other organizations as well as individuals to take action by educating yourself and others about Judge Kavanaugh’s record; and then contact your Senators to express your opposition and underscore the importance of health care and self-determination for all Americans with disabilities.

For a thorough review of disability-related cases involving Judge Brett Kavanaugh, please refer to this report by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

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The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the over 56 million Americans with disabilities.


Rev Up Nevada

  • Become a REVUP Volunteer!
  • Pick up a information packet!
  • Help spread the word to your consumers about becoming registered to vote, and the steps to take to become registered.
  • Help spread the word to other agencies ,who assist persons with disabilities, on what their rights are to become registered to vote and how they can vote.
  • For more information you can also visit
  • REVUP helps the community of persons with disabilities. For too long, persons with disabilities have been on the back burner of attempting to let their voice be heard. This is in regards to obtaining the necessary resources they need, including housing, transportation, access to buildings that are not up to ADA accessibility standards, etc.

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Great Links for Nevada

Tap Taxi Program

Program Registration

Registration may be completed by mail or in person at the Aging and Disability Services Division – Las Vegas Regional Office, 1860 E. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89104, between the office hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding holidays. Click TAP Application above to access the printable application. Individuals with a permanent disability, who are under the age of 60, must provide a letter from the Social Security Administration or their doctor, stating such, to prove eligibility

Washoe County

Coupon books are also available in Washoe County through the Washoe Senior Ride Program. You may call (775) 348-0477 or visit to learn more about transportation services offered in Washoe County.

Nevada Care Connection Resource Centers

Provide one on one assistance to older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers and families.  There are five resource centers throughout Nevada helping people to explore their optionsplan for care and connect with the services of their choice.

The Resource Centers offer three types of services:

  • Resource & Service Navigation – a person centered process that helps individuals and their families explore care options in Nevada.

  • Caregiver Support – helping Nevada’s family caregivers connect to a toolbox of services and empowering them in their caregiver role.

  • Veterans Services – connecting to individuals who have served in the military explore benefits available through the VA, the state, and informal supports.


Connect with a Local Resource Center Today!

Assistive Technology for Independent Living

The Assistive Technology for Independent Living (AT/IL) Program is a statewide program that supports an individual’s choice to live in their community.  The program can provide assistance to individuals to identify the appropriate Assistive Technology (AT) that is necessary for the individual to care for themselves or be cared for in their homes and community rather than in a care facility.  The program also has resources to provide AT when no other resources are possible.

What is Offered?

  • Assistance developing Independent Living goals and Independent Living plans

  • Assistance identifying appropriate Assistive Technology (AT)

  • Information and technical assistance

  • Assistance identifying resources for AT needed

  • Assistance finding contractors and vendors for the necessary AT

  • Provide Assistive Technology needed for daily living, home and community access; including home modifications, durable medical equipment, vehicle modifications, visual aids, mobility devices, and personal communication technology

Who Is Eligible?

Anyone whose disability causes a substantial functional limitation and lacks other resources.  The services being sought must also be available through the program otherwise referrals to those services can be provided.  Lastly there must be a reasonable expectation that the services will enable the individual to gain, improve, and maintain their independence and enable them to complete their activities of daily living.  Individuals that are currently in a care facility, or at high risk of placement in a facility, can be prioritized for the services that are necessary for them live independently in the community.

Who Manages the Program?

Case coordination is provided through non-profit community partners C*A*R*E* Chest of Sierra Nevada and Easter Seals. Our community partners provide case coordination, information, assistance, and follow-along supports directly with the AT/IL consumers.  Eligibility determinations are made by the community partner agencies and work with the individual.  The program is managed by the Aging and Disability Services Division’s  (ADSD) Disability Services Unit.  Disability services and ADSD manages all case service funds as well as providing oversight and direction to our community partners.

Southern Nevada:

Easter Seals Nevada
7351 West Charleston Blvd. Ste. 120
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 677-3560- Main
(702) 870-7616 – Fax –

Northern Nevada:

C*A*R*E* Chest of the Sierra Nevada
7910 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89506
(775) 829-2273 – Main
(775) 829-8745 – Fax
(866) 206-5242 – Toll Free
Contact: Bob Donnelly Ext. 108

Communication Access Services (CAS)

Interpreter Registry

Personal Assistance Services (PAS)

Relay Nevada

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP) – Disability Rx

Taxi Assistance Program (TAP)

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program

Able Nevada

The ABLE Act:

  • Tax bill update

    On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed H.R 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, into law. Three provisions in the tax reform bill impact state ABLE programs as follows:

    Rollovers from 529 college savings accounts into 529A (ABLE) accounts, up to the annual maximum contribution amount, are now permitted under federal law. The state tax treatment of these rollovers is currently being determined by each individual state.
    Account owners who work and earn income are permitted to make contributions into their ABLE accounts in excess of the $15,000 annual contribution limit under certain circumstances. The designated beneficiary (ABLE account owner) is responsible for ensuring compliance with the ABLE contribution limits. State ABLE programs are in the process of implementing these changes and will provide updates accordingly.
    The Federal Tax Savers Credit has been extended to include contributions to ABLE accounts with some limits.
    Please consult with your tax advisor for any specific guidance tailored to your situation.

Nevada Candidates Ratings

This page shows how Members of Congress or those in the Nevada Legislature have supported disability issues or veterans with disabilities issues.

They are rated on how they voted on they supported issues (cosponsoring, voting or interacting with organizations)

You will see at the bottom Stars or thumbs down on how they supported issues for PWD and Veterans with disabilities, these are based on their time in office.  Also how they interact with the disability community at a national level and a state level


If they are a candidate and they have a disability policy they will receive 2 starts,





Disability Stars ★★★★★

Thumbs down

Governor Steve Sisolk Democrat Former Clark County Commissioner
Adam Laxalt Republican Former Attorney General
Lieutenant Governor
Gary Anthony Meyers Republican
Kate Marshall Democrat
Janine Hansen Independent American
Ed Uehling Independent
Attorney General
Joel Hansen Independent
Aaron Ford Democrat former senator
Wes Duncan Republican
Secretary of State
Barbara Cegavske Republican * Incumbent
Nelson Araujo Democrat
Zach Conine Democrat
Bob Beers Republican
Bill Hoge Independent
State Controller
Ron Knecht Republican * Incumbent
Catherine Byrne Democrat
U.S. Senate
Jacky Rosen Democrat
Dean Heller Republican * Incumbent
Congressional District 1
Dina Titus Democrat * Incumbent ★★★★
Joyce Bently Republican
Daniel Garfeild Independent American
Robert Van Strawder Libertarian
Congressional District 2
Mark Amodei Republican * Incumbent
Clint Koble Democrat
Congressional District 3
Susie Lee (D) Democrat
Danny Tarkanian (R) Republican
Tony Gumina  (I) Independent
Congressional District 4
Cresent Hardy Republican former U.S. Rep.
Steven Horsford Democrat former U.S. Rep.
 Warren Markowitz Independent
 Gregg Luckner Libertarian
State Senate
Senate, District 2
Moises Denis (I) Democrat * Incumbent
Calvin Border Republican
State Senate, District 8
Marilyn Dondero Loop Democrat
Garrett LeDuff  Independent
Valerie Weber Republican
State Senate, District 9
Tiffany Jones Republican
Melanie Scheible Democrat
State Senate, District 12
Joe Hardy Republican * Incumbent
Craig Jordahl Democrat
State Senate, District 13
Charlene Young Independent
Julia Ratti Democrat * Incumbent
State Senate, District 14
Wendy Boszak Democrat
Thomas Kennedy  Independent
Ira Hansen Republican
State Senate, District 16
Tina Davis-Hersey Democrat
Ben Kieckhefer Republican * Incumbent
John Wagner  Independent
State Senate District 17
James Settelmeyer Republican * Incumbent
Curtis Cannon Democrat
State Senate District 20 Julie Ann Pazina Democrat
Richard Bronstein Independent
Keith Pickard Republican
State Senate District 21
James Ohrenschall Democrat
Ron McGinnis Republican
State Assembly
State Assembly, District 1
Daniele Monroe-Moreno Democrat * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 2
Jeannie Sherwood Democrat
John Hambrick Republican * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 3
Selena Torres Democrat
Stephen Sedlmeyer Republican
State Assembly, District 4
Connie Munk Democrat
Richard McArthur (I) Republican * Incumbent
Robert Lystrup (Independent American) Independent
State Assembly, District 5
Brittney Miller Democrat * Incumbent
Jason Burke Republican
State Assembly, District 6
Will McCurdy Democrat * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 7
Dina Neal Democrat * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 8
Jason Frierson Democrat * Incumbent
Tina Peetris Republican
State Assembly, District 9
Steve Yeager Democrat * Incumbent
Barry Keller Republican
State Assembly, District 10
Chris Brooks Democrat * Incumbent
Noel Searles Republican
Jonathan Friedrich  Independent
State Assembly, District 12
Richard Fletcher Republican
Susan Martinez Democrat
Mary Elizabeth Martinez  Independent
State Assembly, District 14
Maggie Carlton Democrat * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 15
Howard Watts Democrat
Stan Vaughn Republican
State Assembly, District 16
Heidi Swank Democrat * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 17
Tyrone Thompson Democrat * Incumben
Patricia Little
Ronald Newsome (L) Libertarian
State Assembly, District 19
Chris Edwards Republican * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 20
Ellen Spiegel Democrat * incumbent
Michael McDonald
Alexander Cheyenne Bacon (Ind.) Independent
State Assembly, District 21
Ozzie Fumo Democrat * Incumbent
Cherlyn Arrington Republican
State Assembly, District 22
Kristee Watson Democrat
Melissa Hardy Republican
State Assembly, District 23
Ralph Preta  Independent
Glen Leavitt Republican
State Assembly, District 24
Saraha Peters Democrat
State Assembly, District 25
Gregory John Shorts Democrat
Jill Tolles (I) Republican * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 26
Lisa Krasner Republican * Incumbent
June Joseph Democrat
State Assembly, District 27
Teresa Benitez-Thompson Democrat * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 28
Edgar Flores (I) * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 29
Lesley Cohen Democrat * Incumbent
Stephen Silberkraus Republican
Bruce James-Newman Libertarian
State Assembly, District 30
Michael Sprinkle Democrat * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 31
Skip Daly Democrat * Incumbent
Jill Dickman Republican
State Assembly, District 32
Alexis Hansen Republican
Patty Povilaitis Democrat
State Assembly, District 33
John Ellison Republican * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 34
Janice Wesen Republican
Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod Democrat * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 35
Michelle Gorelow Democrat
Daniel Hofstein Independent
David Schoen Republican
State Assembly, District 36
Michelle Gorelow Democrat
Dennis Hof Republican
State Assembly, District 37
Shea Backus Democrat
Jim Marchant (I) Republican * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 38
Robin Titus (I) * Incumbent
State Assembly, District 39
Jim Wheeler Republican * Incumbent
Patricia Ackerman Democrat
Paul Cwalina  Libertarian
State Assembly, District 40
Al Kramer Republican * Incumbent
Autumn Zemke Democrat
State Assembly, District 41
Sandra Jauregui Democrat * Incumbent
Paris Wade Republican
State Assembly, District 42
Alexander Assefa Democrat
Board of Regents
State University, District 1
Jack Mallory Nonpartisan
David Olson Nonpartisan
Laura Perkins Nonpartisan
State University, District 9
Carol Del Carlo Nonpartisan
State University, District 12
Andrea Anderson Nonpartisan
Amy Carvalho Nonpartisan
Andrew Coates Nonpartisan
Suprem Court
Seat C
Elissa Cadish
Jerry Tao
Seat F
Abbi Silver
Seat G
Lidia Stiglich (Incumbent)
Mathew Harter
Reno Mayor
Hillary Shieve * Incumbent ★★★★

NV Congressional Support of Disability Bills in the 115 Congress

115th Congress (2017-2018)


H.R.5004 – & S 1318 Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2018

No Nv Sponsors on Hr5004
No NV Sponsor on S1318

Introduced in House (02/13/2018)

Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2018

This bill expands provisions prohibiting discrimination against disabled individuals by an air carrier. Specifically, it enumerates certain actions that an air carrier must take or may not take with respect to a disabled individual. It also requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to ensure that disabled individuals traveling in air transportation are able to file complaints with DOT in response to disability-related discrimination and receive assistance from DOT through a hotline or comparable electronic means.
The bill authorizes an aggrieved individual and the Department of Justice to bring a civil action for discrimination. The civil penalty for damage for discrimination involving damage to a wheelchair or other mobility aid of a disabled passenger may be increased up to three times the maximum penalty otherwise allowed.
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board shall prescribe regulations for aircraft with new or existing type certificates to ensure the accessibility of individuals with disabilities. The board shall: (1) conduct a study to determine the ways in which individuals with significant disabilities who use wheelchairs can be accommodated through in-cabin wheelchair restraint systems, and (2) issue minimum guidelines for such systems.
DOT shall: (1) prescribe or revise regulations to ensure that individuals with disabilities who request assistance receive timely and effective assistance at airports and on aircraft from trained personnel, (2) develop an Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights, and (3) establish an advisory committee for air travel needs of passengers with disabilities.

Disability Integration Act of 2017

Shown Here:
Introduced in House (05/16/2017)

This bill prohibits states or local governments that provide institutional placements for individuals with disabilities who need long-term assistance with daily living activities or health-related tasks, and prohibits insurance providers that fund such long-term services, from denying community-based services that would enable such individuals to live in the community and lead an independent life.
States, local governments, or insurance providers may not discriminate against such individuals in the provision of community-based services by: (1) imposing prohibited eligibility criteria, cost caps, waiting lists, or payment structures; (2) failing to provide a specific community-based service; or (3) requiring an individual to receive a service in a congregate or disability-specific setting.
Community-based services must be offered to individuals with such disabilities prior to institutionalization. Institutionalized individuals must be notified regularly of community-based alternatives.
States, local governments, and public insurance providers must assess: (1) transportation barriers that prevent individuals from receiving services in integrated settings, and (2) the availability of integrated employment opportunities.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must issue regulations requiring states, local governments, or insurance providers to offer community-based long-term services to individuals with such disabilities who would otherwise qualify for institutional placement. State and local governments, in conjunction with housing agencies, must ensure sufficient availability of affordable, accessible, and integrated housing that is not a disability-specific residential setting or a setting where services are tied to tenancy.
Such regulations must also require states and local governments to begin implementing a transition plan to achieve the requirements of this bill within 12 years after its enactment. For 10 years after issuance of the regulations, HHS must determine annually whether each state is complying with the transition plan. If a state is complying, HHS must increase by five percentage points the federal medical assistance percentage for a state requesting an increase for expenditures on home and community-based services furnished under the state Medicaid plan under title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act, or a waiver of such plan, that are identified as: (1) improvements to ensure accessibility or self-directed receipt of such services, (2) funding shifts from institutional settings to integrated community-based services, or (3) environmental modifications for housing targeted toward the lowest income individuals.
The bill provides for DOJ enforcement and allows civil actions by individuals subjected to, or about to be subjected to, a violation of this bill.
No Nv Sponsors on Hr5004
No NV Sponsor on S1318

H.R.3730 – To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the non-application of Medicare competitive acquisition rates to complex rehabilitative manual wheelchairs and accessories

This bill is to help providers of Wheelchair and accessories for specialized wheelchairs to not be applied to terrible competitive bidding rates. We have a huge access problem in Nevada and people are not getting their products fixed or serviced because ot these medicare policy changes.

Introduced in House (09/11/2017)

This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to prohibit the application of Medicare competitive acquisition rates to complex, rehabilitative, manual wheelchairs and accessories. (A competitive bidding program has replaced the use of established fee schedule amounts to determine payments under Medicare for certain durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs.)
Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]* 09/11/2017
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1] 10/12/2017
Rep. Kihuen, Ruben J. [D-NV-4] 11/28/2017



Oppose HR 620

To amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to promote compliance through education, to clarify the requirements for demand letters, to provide for a notice and cure period before the commencement of a private civil action, and for other purposes.

Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2] 10/04/2017

Shown Here:
Passed House amended (02/15/2018)


ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill requires the Disability Rights Section of the Department of Justice to develop a program to educate state and local governments and property owners on strategies for promoting access to public accommodations for persons with a disability. The program may include training for professionals to provide a guidance of remediation for potential violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

(Sec. 3) The bill prohibits civil actions based on the failure to remove an architectural barrier to access into an existing public accommodation unless: (1) the aggrieved person has provided to the owners or operators a written notice specific enough to identify the barrier, and (2) the owners or operators fail to provide the person with a written description outlining improvements that will be made to improve the barrier or they fail to remove the barrier or make substantial progress after providing such a description. The aggrieved person’s notice must specify the circumstances under which public accommodation access was denied.

(Sec. 5) The Judicial Conference of the United States must develop a model program to promote alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve such claims. The model program should include an expedited method for determining relevant facts related to such barriers and steps to resolve accessibility issues before litigation.


H.R.5306 – EMPOWER Care Act  & S. 2227

To reauthorize the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program.

No NV sponsors

 H.R.2372 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)   S 2372

Passed House amended (06/15/2017)

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on June 2, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now Act or the VETERAN Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to specify that, for the purpose of determining eligibility for the premium assistance tax credit, an individual may not be treated as eligible for coverage under certain Department of Veterans Affairs health insurance programs unless the individual is enrolled in the program.

The bill applies to the premium assistance credit under current law for tax years ending after 2013 and, if the American Health Care Act of 2017 is enacted, the modified premium assistance credit that would take effect under that bill after 2019.

(Under current law, the premium assistance tax credit is a refundable tax credit provided to eligible individuals and families to subsidize the purchase of health insurance plans through an exchange established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Individuals eligible for minimum essential health coverage from certain sources other than the individual insurance market are not eligible for the credit.)

VA MISSION Act of 2018

HR 5674 & S. 2372

Cosponsors: H.R.5674 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)  No NV sponsors

S 2372 Senator Dean Heller Supports

Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]* 02/05/2018

Shown Here:
Introduced in House (05/03/2018)
VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 or VA MISSION Act of 2018

This bill consolidates Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) community care programs, revises other VA health care programs and facilities provisions, and makes appropriations for veterans care.

The bill establishes the Veterans Community Care Program to furnish hospital care, medical services, and extended care services through certain non-VA providers to veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system or otherwise entitled to VA care.

The VA may enter agreements with non-VA providers to furnish veterans with care that is otherwise not feasibly available.

The VA shall: (1) establish standards for VA health care quality and for non-VA care in areas of VA expertise, (2) prohibit rehiring previously-removed VA providers, (3) provide prompt payment to providers, (4) establish opioid prescribing practices for non-VA providers, and (5) carry out the modernization or realignment of Veterans Health Administration facilities.

The Veterans Choice Program is terminated after one year.

The bill establishes: (1) the Center for Innovation for Care and Payment, and (2) the Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission.

The VA may: (1) provide care for the live donor of a transplant for a veteran, and (2) carry out a Specialty Education Loan Repayment Program and other actions to recruit health care professionals.

The VA family caregiver program is expanded.

The Office of Management and Budget shall review each enhanced-use facility lease.

The bill establishes pilot programs for medical scribes, mobile deployment teams for underserved facilities, and graduate medical education.

The bill extends VA pension reductions for Medicare-covered veterans in nursing homes.

H.R.2472 & S 910 – Disability Integration Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)

No NV sponsors on either Bill

Introduced in House (05/16/2017)

Disability Integration Act of 2017

This bill prohibits states or local governments that provide institutional placements for individuals with disabilities who need long-term assistance with daily living activities or health-related tasks, and prohibits insurance providers that fund such long-term services, from denying community-based services that would enable such individuals to live in the community and lead an independent life.

States, local governments, or insurance providers may not discriminate against such individuals in the provision of community-based services by: (1) imposing prohibited eligibility criteria, cost caps, waiting lists, or payment structures; (2) failing to provide a specific community-based service; or (3) requiring an individual to receive a service in a congregate or disability-specific setting.

Community-based services must be offered to individuals with such disabilities prior to institutionalization. Institutionalized individuals must be notified regularly of community-based alternatives.

States, local governments, and public insurance providers must assess: (1) transportation barriers that prevent individuals from receiving services in integrated settings, and (2) the availability of integrated employment opportunities

No NV Sponsors