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The Catalyst Center is looking for examples of families of children and youth with special health care needs who face inequities in health care coverage and financing

Who is the Catalyst Center?  The Catalyst Center is a national center dedicated to improving health care coverage and financing for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). The federal Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds our work. We work with families, states, and other partners to help ensure families of CYSHCN have access to adequate public and/or private insurance to pay for the services they need. At the Catalyst Center, one of our goals is to raise awareness about inequities in health care coverage and financing for CYSHCN. We accomplish this by learning from families and sharing their stories. Can you help us understand the barriers and highlight the need for reducing coverage and financing inequities among CYSHCN?  Families raising CYSHCN often face challenges getting access to and paying for adeq

Action Alert: Share Your Voice about Systems and Services

The Division of Aging is conducting a survey to gain consumers’ views on the current state of the Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) system in Indiana, as well as hear about their hopes for future improvements. Why “No Wrong Door” for Indiana? There is a growing need for Long-Term Services and Supports as our population ages; There are not sufficient resources to fund existing portal agencies to handle the demand; and, Consumers must be  met where they are —understanding their values and needs and connecting with them in a way that is effective for them—with information and support so they can make informed choices in order to purchase or obtain the right care at the right time in the least restrictive setting. Indiana is using its one-year planning period to prepare a three-year plan for implementing a No Wrong Door system by involving key stakeholders in an analysis of the strengths and weakness of the current system, and what a No Wrong Door system should look like, in

#Dental Coverage in the #ACA Marketplace

Read these 5 questions to  learn more about dental coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace . Can I get dental coverage through the Marketplace?  In the Marketplace, dental coverage is included in some health plans. You can also get a stand-alone plan and pay a separate premium. How do I add dental coverage to my Marketplace plan?  You can buy a dental plan through the Marketplace only when you enroll in a health plan at the same time. If you’re already enrolled in a Marketplace plan, you can’t add on dental coverage. How can I see what dental plans and benefits are available?  After you complete your Marketplace application and get your results, you can view health plans that include dental coverage. If you decide you want a stand-alone dental plan, you can choose one after you select your health plan. Do I have to get dental coverage for my child?  No. Dental coverage for children is an essential health benefit. This means if you’re getting health coverage for someone

10 Things to Know about the Americans with Disabilities Act #ADA

Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act.  You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz lately about “the ADA” and its 25th anniversary. But do you know what it is? Put simply, the ADA stands for the  Americans with Disabilities Act . It’s a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public. There are five sections, referred to in the law as “ titles ,” that detail the rights of the approximately  54 million Americans with disabilities . The  ADA impacts  employers, schools, businesses and transportation providers.  The U.S. Department of Justice  (DOJ), the main federal agency that enforces the ADA, has a comprehensive  frequently asked questions  section that can help anyone looking to understand the nature of this important civil rights law. If you feel that you have been discriminated against because of your disabi