According to the new regulation, state and local government cannot pass any laws that would keep federal funds from reaching these health clinics for any reason—except if they determine that the clinic does not have the “ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.” While Planned Parenthood is often in the news because anti-abortion activists do not like that its clinics provide abortion services, a much greater percentage of its funding goes towards treating sexually transmitted diseases and infections, providing contraception and screening for breast and cervical cancer.In recent months, Republican lawmakers in over a dozen states have attempted to block Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving any public funds.The measure was proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services in September, and finally issued Dec. No federal dollars can be used for abortion services, with exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or danger to a woman’s life.However, many health providers such as Planned Parenthood, get federal funding for other services they provide, like pregnancy care, breast and cervical cancer screenings, contraception provision, and fertility care.When determining assistive technology needs, IEP teams should consider commercially available solutions that may be used “as is” or ones that can be modified to meet the student’s unique needs.In some situations, it may be necessary to construct a device to meet the student’s needs.
A new rule, which will take effect two days before the president-elect’s inauguration, mandates that states cannot withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood affiliates and other medical clinics just because they provide abortions.
Depending on the severity of patient illnesses, experience and training of nursing staff, technology, and nurse support services—all of which can change with little to no notice—mandated ratios can be inadequate.
More information on legislation pertaining to nurse staffing and details on the laws in each state are available on ANA’s Nurse Staffing Plans and Ratios page.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates the school system’s responsibility to provide assistive technology devices and services to students with disabilities. 1401(1)) Although the IDEA uses the term “device”, it is important to recognize that assistive technology devices required by students with disabilities include hardware and software as well as stand-alone devices.
The following information is included to provide IEP teams with an understanding of the legal context for providing assistive technology devices and services: Back to Top Assistive technology devices are identified in the IDEA 2004 as: Any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities. Almost any tool can be considered to be an assistive technology device except for those assistive technology devices that are surgically implanted and have been excluded from the definition of an assistive technology device as defined in IDEA.