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Showing posts from March 16, 2014

Family Voices public comment on 1634 changes to Medicaid Disability

Family Voices Indiana is an advocacy organization as well as the family to family health information center. In our advocacy role, we provided testimony today related to the 1634 transition for Medicaid.  Comments on Medicaid 1634 transition affecting Indiana Medicaid in the aged, blind and disabled (ABD) categories. Rylin Rodgers Family Voices Indiana, a statewide not for profit organization, serves Indiana families who are raising children with disabilities and special health care needs.  As our state’s federally funded Family to Family Health Information Center, we help families navigate the complex world of Health Care Financing.  Today I am here to speak about how the 1634 Transition impacts the families we serve.  In many ways this effort at streamlining and coordinating systems has the potential to positively impact the families we serve.  We hope the move to automatically enroll individuals that the Social Security Administra

Changes for Fort Wayne BDDS and VR office

Family Voices shares the following announcement from DDRS: On March 31, 2014, the Ft. Wayne office of the Indiana  Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services’ (DDRS) Bureau of Developmental Disabilities  (BDDS) and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), located at 219 W. Wayne St. in Ft. Wayne,  will relocate to 201 E. Rudisill Blvd., Suite 300. DDRS is part of the Indiana Family and Social  Services Administration (FSSA). This move is intended to make it easier for Hoosiers in Allen and  surrounding counties to receive services from FSSA, as the new office will be co-located with  FSSA’s Division of Family Resources (DFR), along with other state agencies.    The service area for the Vocational Rehabilitation Services office at this location includes Allen,  DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and Whitley counties. The Bureau of Developmental  Disabilities office service area includes Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble,  Steuben, Wells

Info for Residents in States that Are Not Expanding Medicaid

Family Voices Indiana shares this article since Indiana is a state that did not expand Medicaid. We encourage you to talk to a navigator before March 31 about your options. By Elaine Saly and Zachary Baron This post was written by Elaine Saly, Health Policy Analyst, Families USA, and Zachary Baron, Senior Health Policy Analyst, Enroll America. Enrollment assisters and stakeholder organizations are working tirelessly to help consumers enroll in health coverage that meets their needs and budgets. But for enrollment assisters working in states that have not yet expanded Medicaid, it isn’t always possible to find an affordable health coverage option. Some people will not be able to get financial help to purchase health insurance through the marketplaces  or  access low- or no-cost coverage through Medicaid. Specifically, adults with incomes below 100 percent of the  federal poverty level (FPL) for 2013 ($11,490 for an individual and $23,550 for a family of four) who don’t cu

Survey for families involved or recently involved with First Steps

The Early Intervention Family Alliance is completing a national family survey. If you are the parent of a child who has received Part C early intervention(First Steps) within the last six years, please take the survey on-line at  http://www.surveymonkey. com/s/MB3WCWX .