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Michigan Disability Rights Coalition is a disability justice movement working to transform communities.

Welcome to Michigan Disability Rights Coalition's Communities of Power Website!

Communities of Power is a source of information about issues of importance in Michigan's Disability Community! It is also an invitation to you to participate in making our communities accessible, integrated, and supportive - to make full citizenship for seniors and people with disabilities an expectation, not a goal.

Communities of Power is maintained by the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC). We invite you to join us!

Beginning November 1, individuals across the country have the opportunity to enroll or re-enroll in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2017. You can sign up using a smartphone, tablet, or computer, and help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.HealthCare.gov and 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). Those who sign up by December 15 will receive coverage as early as January 1, and the last day to enroll is January 31. Through the ACA, you cannot be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Most Healthcare.gov consumers are able to find plans with a monthly premium between $50 and $100, and financial assistance is available to as many as 9 in 10 Marketplace-eligible people.

• Learn about health care coverage through the ACA

MDRC Staff Person has issued a set of documents as part of her health care collaboration that outline important dates in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and discussions of important policy issues for Michigan in the future.

The files are stored in a Shared Dropbox folder:

Updates on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act

"Benny's Bill" was introduced on Tuesday, September 20, to create an Ombudsman program that families and students can use to resolve disputes about supports in special education. Introduced by Sen. Hertel and Rep. Chang, the bill would also create a resource for parents and students to learn more about their rights in special education. The bill was introduced after constituents raised concerns about appropriate implementation of existing rights laws.

One of those constituents, Bambi VanWoert (parent to Benjamin Cook), is a Michigan Disability Rights Coalition board member.

“I have spent countless hours working to ensure my son, Benjamin, receives the quality education he’s entitled to, but it has been a grueling process that impacts the entire family and my ability to provide for them,” VanWoert said. “Having an ally at the state level would have made a huge difference.”

For more information, read this summary article from Fox 47 News.