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.
The Friends of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is excited to announce that Family Voices (National) has been selected as its Family Liaison. The overarching purpose of this Family Liaison is to enhance the reach of the Friends of NCBDDD to families. Family Voices will advise the Friends and contribute to educational strategies that enhance communication between families and key target audiences of the Friends of NCBDDD including policy makers, non-government organizations, and service providers. Family Voices brings a national and state presence of family-led health promotion and service programs, as well as demonstrated experience in listening to and including the input of families in programs. Family Voices will encourage involvement of family members, parents, and people living with a disability in Friends of NCBDDD activities in our four thematic focus areas . Many thanks to the review panel, which included several members of th
by Lauren Agoratus (SPAN of NJ) Families and professionals working with children with disabilities need to know about various insurance coverage options as children age out of programs. Choices may be different depending upon whether the insurance is employer-based, obtained through the Marketplace, or public insurance. NOTE: Children with special health care needs may be eligible for more than one type of plan. What is Dependent Coverage? There are several ways families can keep their child under their plan. These are: Under the ACA (Affordable Care Act), families can continue health insurance coverage for their children until age 26, even if their children are living on their own. (See also Marketplace plans, below.) Some states have their own laws, which if more generous, would override federal requirements. For example, dependent coverage is available until age 31 in New Jersey if the dependent young adult is living at home, unmarried, etc. Using the “dis
From Family Voices: Dates. The administration is gearing up for the next open enrollment period under the ACA, Affordable Care Act, which begins on November 15 and ends on February 15 . Here are the important dates to keep in mind: November 15, 2014 . Open Enrollment begins to apply for, keep, or change coverage. December 15, 2014 . Enroll by the 15th for new coverage that begins on January 1, 2015 . To change plans, enroll by the 15th to avoid a lapse in coverage. December 31, 2014 . Coverage ends for 2014 plans. Coverage for 2015 plans can start as soon as January 1st . February 15, 2015 . This is the last day to apply for 2015 coverage before the end of Open Enrollment. For more information about enrollment dates, effective dates and special enrollment periods, click here . Renewals. This post from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) "Say Ahhh!" blog provides a detailed discussion about a recently finalized