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Upcoming Powerful Parents meetings

Family Voices Indiana shares the following information from DDRS. We encourage parents with loved ones on the family supports or community integration and habilitation waiver to attend these meetings. Meeting Dates All meetings are from 6 to 7:30 pm local time unless noted otherwise. Meetings with fewer than 10 RSVP’s are subject to cancellation. Please check web page frequently for updates. Please e-mail your RSVP to    March 13, 2013 - Fort Wayne  Room 030   Lower Level, Council Discussion Room Citizen’s Square - government office building 200 East Berry Street Fort Wayne, IN  46802 Free parking adjacent to Citizens Square on north side - Enter off Berry/Clinton/Barr Streets RSVP by March 11 Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Richmond  Municipal Building Community Room, 2nd floor (last room on the right) Richmond Municipal Building 50 N. 5th Street, Richmond, IN  47374 6-7:30 pm    Park in the front and use the police entrance (West doors). Take elev

ACA update: Health Insurance Marketplaces

By Emily McKinley, Health Information Specialist By now, you’ve likely heard of the Affordable Care Act. Sure, you may know it better by the name, “Obama Care,” but either way, chances are you know changes have and are continuing to come. For some, these changes may seem rather abstract. But, for many, the ACA is a key piece of legislation that changes their family’s insurance coverage. During the past 18 months, we’ve covered many provisions of the ACA, including pre-existing conditions, elimination of annual and lifetime limits, essential health benefits and more. One topic we have not yet explored is the topic of the Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as the Affordable Insurance Exchange, Insurance Exchange, Exchanges, or Marketplace(s). One of the major, though lesser talked about, provisions of the ACA is to ensure that medical coverage is accessible to all. That does not simply mean accessible in that one can purchase insurance; rather, the ACA specifically out

Action alert: Medicaid managed care language in proposed legislation

Family Voices Indiana shares the following information and encourages its members   to share their voice regarding programs and services that benefit children with special health care needs: Indiana currently enrolls some of its Medicaid recipients (Hoosier Healthwise and Care Select) in managed care organizations, or health plans. A health plan is a group of health care providers (primary care doctors, specialists, home health care providers, pharmacies, therapists, and more).  When you choose your doctor, or primary medical provider (PMP), you also choose your health plan.  For most health care services, you must use the health care providers who are in your health plan. A few years ago, the state enrolled most recipients of Medicaid Disability, including those on Medicaid waivers, into Care Select. However, this population had difficulty finding primary medical providers (PMPs) in certain areas of the state. Some of this population is also dually enrolled in

Resources for you

Each month, Family Voices Indiana provides the families we serve with a summary of the month’s hottest items. If you missed us on  Facebook , here is the latest! Awareness: National Children’s Dental Health Month. To locate low cost Indiana dental resources, visit this  site . February 1: National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease in women.   Learn  to be heart healthy. February 28: Rare Disease Awareness Day. February 7-14: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.  About 1 out of every 100 babies are born each year with some type of Congenital Heart Defect in the United States (approx. 40,000/year). Learn more  here . February 10-16: Feeding Tube Awareness Week. Watch this  video  for more information. Family Voices: Check out our Family Voices Staff Spotlights! This month’s page featured our fearless director, Rylin Rodgers; Family Leadership Specialist, Brenda Darrol; and Health Information Specialist, Heather Dane. Facebook fans liked our m