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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester
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Treating a potential stroke victim

by Karen Rowland

Strokes are largely treatable however, you must get help quickly!

Knowing the F.A.S.T. warning signs is essential to recovery.

If you spot:
(F) -Face Drooping
(A)- Arm weakness
(S)- Speech Difficulty
(T)- it’s Time to call 911
To learn more about the warning signs of stroke, visit


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World Autism Awareness Day

autism ribbonBy Seana and Karen

The tenth annual World Autism Awareness Day was April 2, 2017. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. At CCCS our Medicaid Service Coordinators work with many children and adults who have a diagnosis of Autism. Our MSC’s work hard every day to help make the lives of these individuals as independent as possible.

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ABLE Accounts Offer Brighter Futures for Individuals with Disabilities

By Olivia

A common fear among parents of individuals living with disabilities who are unable to work is how to provide for their children’s futures. Stephen Beck Jr.’s Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014, or the ABLE Act, has offered a solution to the rigid Special Needs and Pooled Income Trusts that parents typically rely on. ABLE accounts provide individuals living with disabilities an opportunity to save money and resources (up to $100,000) while remaining eligible for public benefits such as SSI and SNAP. Removing the $2,000 resource limit allows individuals with disabilities to prosper financially while maintaining control over their funds. Account owners can allocate their ABLE funds to different investment opportunities and will have significant freedom over how they spend their money.

ABLE accounts are rapidly becoming available across the nation. New York State’s ABLE plan is still in the works, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. However, New York State residents can open accounts in Ohio, Nebraska, and Tennessee.

For additional information about eligibility and to compare ABLE account programs, visit

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