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Showing posts from November 6, 2011

How to get Incontinence Items in Indiana

The Family to Family Health Information Center at Family Voices Indiana often gets requests from families about incontinence items (diapers, etc). There are two major routes to getting diapers for a child with special health care needs: Medicaid and non-Medicaid (private insurance, etc). Families who receive incontinence items via Medicaid recently received a letter indicating they need to choose a new vendor if they are currently using HDP, Healthcare Products Delivery, for their supplies. We have embedded that letter below. For families not currently receiving incontinence items, we have developed two fact sheets outlining how to access these supplies via Medicaid and non-Medicaid (private insurance, etc). We have included these fact sheets below and they will be available on our website for future reference. If you need help acquiring these items for your child, please contact us to be connected to a health information specialist. 317 944 8982 or We hope you fi

New Interim Director of DDRS (Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services)

Family Voices Indiana wants its members to be aware of changes at the state level. The following is an announcement from DDRS: FSSA announces new leadership for Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services Michael Gargano, secretary, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), has named Douglas Elwell as interim director of FSSA’s Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS), effective December 1, 2011. Elwell replaces Julia Holloway, who is considering several professional opportunities. Elwell most recently served as managing principal for Health Management Associates, an independent national research and consulting firm specializing in complex healthcare program and policy issues. Elwell has held previous positions with FSSA including chief financial officer of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction; deputy director of the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning; and posts with the Division of Family Resources and DDRS. Elwell has also served as

Pre-Existing Conditions and how the Affordable Care Act Works for You

By Emily McKinley, Health Information Specialist With the commencement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, children were granted freedom from pre-existing conditions insofar as health insurance coverage is concerned. Under the law, adults (over 19 years) will enjoy the same coverage beginning in 2014. The ACA adopted the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1995) definition of pre-existing condition, which defines the term “as a limitation or exclusion of benefits relating to a condition based on the fact that the condition was present before the date of enrollment for the coverage, whether or not any medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment was recommended or received before that date.” Conditions previously not covered by insurance providers were wide-ranging and included conditions such as cancers, heart disease, asthma, and wide variety of special health care diagnoses. Previous to the adoption of the ACA, individuals with a pre-existing co