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Current Issue: May 2006
DUANE READE CASE SETTLED!
ACCESS IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

by Jean Ryan
photo of Anne Emerman (left) and Fusun Ateser (right) with signs reading ACCESS EQUALS MORE SALES and BUILD RAMPS NOT STEPS

After almost five years of litigation, Disabled In Action's access lawsuit against the Duane Reade drugstore chain has been settled, and it affirms our civil right to shop by being able to do such things as pass through store aisles, reach counters and credit card swipe machines, and communicate privately with pharmacists. We are looking forward to the improvements that Duane Reade has promised to make.

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Also, the documents pertaining to the Duane Reade case are in our Duane Reade Lawsuit: Updates section.

IN AND OUT THE MEDICARE PART D DONUT HOLE & DONUT HOLES TO COME
by E.M. Prentiss

I fell into the dreaded Donut Hole on February 3rd, when my pharmacy's computer printed out a receipt with a $61 co-payment instead of $28. The next day, my insurance provider said something was wrong and I should call back in four days. When I did, they still didn't know why I'd been charged $61. I asked, "Could I be in the donut hole?" "Oh no, it's too early," was the response. After checking another computer she said, "Oh yes, you are. Have a nice day."

You don't know you're in the Donut Hole because it is based on the plan's payments. By mid March when the insurance company sent EOB's (Explanation of Benefits), I was rapidly exiting the Donut Hole for catastrophic coverage. I was out of the Donut Hole on March 27th.

RICHARD PRYOR: GONE TOO SOON
by Philip Bennett

Some of you reading this may have a problem with the above title. Possibly because we remember the late Mr. Pryor before the Multiple Sclerosis, back when he was one of the most physical of performers. Some of you may actually equate the value of his life with that physicality.

 

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EDITOR: Jean Ryan
 
EDITORIAL BOARD:
Philip Bennett
Robert Levine
Nancy Rolnick

Previous Issues:
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January 2001

OTHER ARTICLES:

Settlement to Provide Comprehensive Wheelchair Access to All Kmart Stores

Election Reform Must Include State's Disabled
by Brad Williams (Albany Times Union)

People with Disabilities Earn a Seat at the Table
(NYSILC Press Release)

NYC Parks Agrees to Improve Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

The Tenuousness of Freedom
by T.K. Small

The Sorry State of New York Nursing Homes
by Marvin Wasserman

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
by Edith M. Prentiss

Disability Advocate Checks Up on NYC Transit
by Beth Fertig (WNYC)

T in Boston Agrees to Spend $310 Million on Accessibility
by Mac Daniel (Boston Globe)

Complaints Cite Airline Wheelchair Service
by Barbara De Lollis (USA Today)

11 Bus Firms Accused of Disability Act Violations
by Bill Brubaker (Washington Post)

Change Needed in Attitude Toward People with Disabilities
by J. Elizabeth Strohm (University of Pennsylvania News)

Gap Widens Between Working-age People With And Without Disabilities In The Workforce, Report Shows
by Linda Myers (Cornell News Service)

National Council on Disability Calls for Immediate Changes to Get People with Disabilities Who Receive Federal Benefits Back to Work

Wheelchair Unbound
by Harriet McBryde Johnson (New York Times Magazine)

 

Moving Right Along

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