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Expansion of SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program )

More Hoosier children are now eligible for health insurance coverage . The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced in May that the federal government has approved the state's request to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The approval means approximately 10,000 more Hoosier children will receive coverage. In January, FSSA asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to expand SCHIP as a part of the Indiana Check-up Plan which passed in 2007 with tremendous bi-partisan support led by Representative Charlie Brown (D) and Senator Pat Miller (R). Families who earn up to 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which is approximately $53,000 for a family of four, are now eligible. "We're always looking for ways to improve the health of Hoosiers, and now, more kids will have access to health insurance coverage. Next, we'll have to work hard to get them enrolled," said Governor Mitch Daniels . With the exp

Latest news and information regarding DDRS system transformation

From DDRS: Note:We have included several attachments and links that will be important to understand as we move into the new system. If you are unable to download or view the attachments, you may email or call (317) 234-5222 for assistance. To: Consumers and stakeholders who support people with disabilities From: Peter A. Bisbecos, DDRS Director Date: September 22, 2008 Re: Latest news and information regarding DDRS system transformation Vision 20/10 In 2006, the Division of Disability & Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) sponsored the first Vision 20/10 retreat. This retreat included numerous stakeholders from Indiana’s disability community. Out of that day came the DDRS mission, guiding principles and the vision of a fair, equitable, person-centered support system for people with disabilities in Indiana. We knew that making this vision into a reality would not happen overnight, would not be easy—and that it could not be done alone. Click here to go onl

Your Voice...YourVote

Family Voices Indiana encourages all of our members to share their VOICE by voting this November. We hope the following helps you to be involved: Make sure you are registered and vote The deadline to register to vote in the 2008 General Election is October 6. If you are not registered you can register at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch or the County Clerk's Office in the Courthouse. You can also pick up a mail-in registration form (must be postmarked by October 6) at any library or print one off the Secretary of State's website. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 4th, with polls open 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can find your polling place and answers to most other voting questions here . If you can't make the polls on the 4th, absentee voting starts on October 7th and continues through the election . An absentee ballot request form can be requested here . Family Voices encourages you to learn about the candidates positions on the issues that are impo