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FV accepting applications for Family Leadership Specialists

Family Voices Indiana Seeking Family Leaders to serve as Family Leadership Specialists If you are a parent of a child with a disability, with knowledge of health care financing and services and systems in Indiana, Family Voices of Indiana wants and needs YOU! The Family Leadership Project  will  fill the information needs of families while developing family leaders to provide a strong family voice. Leadership specialists will be supporting family leaders as partners in all levels of these systems to allow families to better navigate and even influence the process. Now accepting applications from Family Leaders to support this project as contractors working up to 32 hours a month from your community please apply by  August 17th Responsibilities: •Provide information, assistance and support around leadership development, system management and family/professional partnerships to families raising children with special health care needs and/or disabilities •Co

Notes from DD Commission Mtg 8/7

Members of Family Voices Indiana attended the DD commission hearing this morning. In an effort to keep you informed of changes to systems and services in Indiana, we share the following notes from the meeting: Shane Spotts, Director of DDRS began with an overview of the Section 144 report and changes to the DD waiver system: ·          Sec 144 focuses on 3 themes: Increasing employment, Preserving the family unit, Supporting individuals with high costs/high needs ·          Changes to the DD waiver system include converting the Support Services waiver to the Family Support waiver, with a new service and higher cap; converting the Developmental Disability and Autism waivers to the Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver, which will be a needs based waiver ·          Mr. Spotts explained that the reason for the name changes are to reflect what the waivers provide, not the categories the waiver serves ·          The Family Support Waiver has been approved by CMS and will b

ACA Update: Minority Health

By Emily McKinley, Health Information Specialist The Affordable Care Act was designed not only to ensure access to health care for all Americans but also to reduce health care disparities between gender, ethnic, and racial groups. This month’s update focuses on the ACA initiatives aimed at improving minority health. All Americans will benefit from provisions such as free preventative care for insured individuals, elimination of lifetime limits and pre-existing condition exclusions, and increased coverage for young adults on their parents’ insurance policies. Additionally, in states that choose to capitalize on the Medicaid Expansion set forth by the legislation, but ruled optional by the Supreme Court, low-income individuals will also have access to coverage. The Medicaid Expansion is a key piece of the legislation in terms of minority health. Because socio-economic status is often intertwined with race and ethnicity, minorities are most likely to benefit from this protec