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Missouri considering plan to shift state aid recipients to SSD

A committee in the Missouri House is considering a plan to have some recipients of welfare and Medicaid in the state taken off those state-managed programs and put them on Social Security Disability benefits instead. The proposal is intended to save millions of dollars in state funds, but critics are questioning whether this is an appropriate use of the SSD program, which is intended for people who are unable to work due to a disability.

Scientists attempting to predict disability examine posture

Nobody in Missouri plans to become disabled. Most of us hope to work and be independent for the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, it does not always work out that way. Whether due to an accident, illness or the worsening of a pre-existing condition, some people become disabled to the point that they cannot support themselves through work.

Marking International Autism Awareness Day

April 2 is International Autism Awareness Day. As families in Columbia whose lives have been touched by autism mark the day, they can be glad to know that Missouri is among 32 U.S. states that require state-regulated health insurance plans to cover autism-related treatment and therapy. While some children with an autism spectrum disorder are able to succeed in school with relatively minor accommodations, many others need a great deal of occupational, behavioral and other forms of therapy.

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