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Part C (First Steps) Regulations Update

Part C (First Steps) Regulations Update: January 21, 2009 According to the Associated Press, one of the first actions of President Barack Obama yesterday after he was sworn in was to order federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them. Meanwhile, according to the website, the Part C Regulations were “withdrawn” January 16, 2009. (See link to this announcement below- you can cut and paste this link into your browser). (Select Department of Education in the second drop down box on this page and then submit). It is not clear what this means about the publication of final Part C regulations. What is clear is that any decision about the regulations will be made through the leadership of the new U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who was confirmed by the Senate yesterday by a voice vote.

Change in enrollment process for self directed attendant care (A&D)

In 2002, FSSA applied for and received a federal systems change grant (Community Personal Assistance Services and Supports Grant (C-PASS) to expand consumer-directed personal attendant care under the Aged & Disabled waiver. Individuals receiving the A&D waiver have had an option to select the self directed care option. However, there was a recent letter sent to case managers outlining a change to the enrollment process. Family Voices recommends that consumers discuss this with their case manager. It would also be helpful to contact your legislator and share with them the benefits of funding such a program and what it means to your family. You can find your legislator  here  . This is the letter sent to case managers: January 9, 2009   Dear Case Manager:   This letter is to inform you of an important change to the enrollment process for the Self Directed Attendant Care program.    As of  January 1, 2009 , enrollment for the Self Directed Attendant Care program will be capped a

Committee hearing on HB 1311 (hearing aid coverage)

Quick synopsis of today's committee hearing on HB 1311.(HB 1311 is a bill that would mandate insurance coverage for hearing aids in Indiana) from HEAR INDIANA: Rep. Goodin (author of the bill) said he was doing this because it was the right thing to do, and yes it would raise premiums, but it was still the right thing to do. He is a school superintendent and he has seen working families in his community who have been unable to afford the hearing aids needed to access school. The committee asked him some questions, mainly about the cost to all those who paid premiums. Some reps suggested making it "optional" coverage not mandating it for all. The sense was that this "optional" benefit would be so expensive to the folks who needed it most (the working class) - and those folks would not be able to afford the optional benefit. The committee discussed sending this to the "Task Force on Mandates" - Rep. Fry (Committee Chair) said that would surely slow