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1997 May - June

Legal Research on the Internet

Places to Start

By Michelle Nicolet

As the quantity of legal resources available on the World Wide Web continues to grow, finding relevant legal information can seem overwhelming. Beginning with the National Center on Poverty Law's Web site, this column describes several Web sites that offer users searching capability and even direct links to useful sources of information.

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Funding Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities

the Availability of Assistive Technology Through Medicaid, Public School Special Education Programs, and State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

By James R. Sheldon Jr. & Ronald M. Hager

Persons who are poor and disabled are among the most needy clients. Assistive technology can help them reach high levels of independence and may help them obtain employment and escape poverty. This article discusses three primary funding sources for assistive technology.

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An Advocate's Primer on Medicaid Managed Care Contracting

By Jane Perkins & Kristi Olson

As states require Medicaid recipients to enroll in risk-based managed care programs, understanding the contents of Medicaid managed care contracts and the contracting process is helpful. This article not only offers strategies on how to use the contract to represent individual clients and to improve consumer protections but also suggests model contract provisions and a checklist for monitoring contracts.

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Toward a Unified Child Care Subsidy System

A Model Fee Scale for Family Copayments

By Daniel Lesser

As a result of the elimination of the child care guarantee for welfare recipients and the consolidation of funding streams for child care for welfare recipients and the working poor, states may create unified child care subsidy systems that serve both groups. This article presents a model child care family copayment sliding fee scale that seeks to maximize poor families' access to quality child care available through the subsidy system.

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