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 and Families United for Support and Encouragement received a grant from Mental Health America of Indiana to create and share two new trainings featuring children's mental health. We presented these trainings in person in May. We also archived them as videos on youtube so they can be viewed at a time convenient for families and professionals. We hope you find them helpful. If you need additional resources or support, feel free to contact us.
Family Voices Indiana shares the following information from AMCHP regarding the Supreme Court ruling: June 25, 2015 , Washington, DC -- Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Chief Executive Officer Lori Freeman issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling in the King v. Burwell case: “AMCHP welcomes today's Supreme Court ruling that preserves coverage for millions of low and moderate-income women and families who receive subsidized coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace. Through the Affordable Care Act, millions of women and their families have gained access to affordable health insurance, many for the first time. The importance of affordable, comprehensive health insurance for women and children cannot be overstated. For women of child-bearing age in particular, marketplace health plans offer critically important benefits that promote good health before, during and after pregnancy. Family planning, maternity and newbor
Last year, President Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law. The ABLE Act created a new type of savings account designed to help people with disabilities save money without risking their eligibility for government benefits. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed some regulatory rules governing how the new program will run. The rules have been posted at the Federal Register for public comment before they become official. Among other things, the rules would require: At the time the ABLE Act account is created, the beneficiary must provide evidence that they have a disability, such as a disability benefit verification letter from the Social Security Administration, or a diagnosis signed by a physician. According to the ABLE Act, the account must be used for "qualified disability expenses." The proposed IRS regulations interpret the term broadly, to include basic living expenses related to maintaining or improving health, in