Formerly Family Voices IN/About Special Kids. We provide answers and resources to families and professionals who are involved in the upbringing of children with complex medical conditions, mental health diagnoses and physical/intellectual disabilities.
Family Voices Indiana has been getting calls from families being auto-enrolled in Medicaid Disability/MASI due to the fact that their child receives SSI. We have previously posted information that families have freedom of choice to remain on HHW if they are eligible and not receiving home and community based services through the waiver program: http://fvindiana.blogspot.com/2014/04/information-about-freedom-of-choice.html We sought clarification from FSSA about what families should do to remain on Hoosier Healthwise if they are eligible and wish to do so: Individuals do have the option to opt for another category of Medicaid if eligible. To make this request, families should contact the Division of Family Resources (DFR). Families can contact their local DFR office by logging on to: http://in.gov/fssa/dfr/ 2999.htm and entering their zip code, or search by county. Families can also contact DFR by telephone at 1-800-403-0864 . Families are welcome to contact Fami
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 in May, here is the latest! Awareness: PKU Awareness Month. Learn more here: http://www.npkua.org/ . National Foster Care Month. Learn more here: https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/ . For information about becoming a foster parent in IN, check here: http://www.in.gov/dcs/2982.htm . Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. Learn more here: http://www.cff.org/ . Asthma Awareness Month. Learn more here: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/AsthmaAwareness/ . Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month. Learn more here: http://www.ednf.org/ . Better Hearing and Speech Month. Listen to this podcast to learn what to expect from a newborn hearing screening, why it is important, and how to identify the signs of hearing loss within the first year of a child’s life: http://bit.ly/RkbheG . Cri Du Chat Awareness Week, May 4-10. Learn more here
Family Voices Indiana shares the following information from FSSA: In the next two weeks, there will be several opportunities, in different cities around the state, at which you and your constituents will be welcome to attend and interact with top health care officials from Governor Mike Pence’s administration, as we hold public conversations about the future of health care in Indiana. We hope that you will be able to join us and join in the discussion about the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 proposal and other important health care issues facing Hoosiers. The next event will be held tomorrow in Bedford, Indiana. You can find details of that event here . We will be updating this web page whenever we firm up details of other events. We will try to periodically inform you when there are updates as well. The events will be led by different officials, but those leading the sessions will include William VanNess, M.D., Indiana State Health Commissioner, Debra Minott, Secretary of
Family Voices Indiana shares the following information about new Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver rules from Medicaid.gov: CMS’ definition of home and community-based settings has evolved over the past five years, based on experience throughout the country and extensive public feedback about the best way to differentiate between institutional and home and community-based settings. Based on the comments received on the ANPRM and the proposed 1915(c) rules, and the comments received on the 1915(i) and 1915(k) proposed rules, CMS is moving away from defining home and community-based settings by “what they are not,” and toward defining them by the nature and quality of participants’ experiences. The home and community-based setting provisions in this final rule establish a more outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based settings, rather than one based solely on a setting’s location, geography, or physical characteristics. The changes related t