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Showing posts from August 23, 2015

CIH Waiver Transformation Public Hearings

Public Comment and Feedback Changes to the CIH waiver will help build a sustainable system of supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Below is a schedule of meetings across the state for providers, families, advocates and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The purpose of these events is to gather input on what is working well and thoughts on what residential supports and services people want to help them in achieving their desired outcomes and goals.  *Hosting location time for providers is 3:00-5:00 and for families it is 6:00-8:00.

Why Health Care Costs May Rise Again: What Families Need to Know

Although increases in health care premiums have slowed in recent years (see our recent blog), they may increase more rapidly in the coming years.  In addition, out-of-pocket costs may be on the rise.  This blog examines why this could happen and what families can do to protect themselves against higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs.   Why Could this Happen? There are several reasons that health insurance premiums could increase.   For one, there has been an increase in the use of health care services due to improvements in the economy and more people having insurance coverage due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  When insurers must pay for increased use of services, those costs are often passed on to the consumer as premium increases.  Also, insurers offering plans in the ACA exchanges may have set artificially low premiums initially to attract customers, knowing that consumers tend to stick with their insurance plans.  Raising premiums is a way that insurers can offset initial low