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Showing posts from September 6, 2015

Accessing health care financing programs for children with special health care needs

Children with special health care needs are those with medical or developmental needs who require more services than that required by typical children. Such an extraordinary level of services can quickly drain the budget of any family without adequate supports. Fortunately, any professional working with these families can help them find a path to paying for the services they need. What follows is a “cheat sheet” about how to direct a family to help with information about, and applications for, four key health care financing programs. Indiana Medicaid             Indiana has many different forms of Medicaid that offers good insurance coverage for children. The types most typically available to children include Hoosier Healthwise Package A or C, and Medicaid Disability. Eligibility for these programs depend on income. The first step to applying for Medicaid is to apply online at or to visit the regional Division of Family Resour

Survey about the #ACA and People with #Disabilities

from Easter Seals: Easter Seals is exploring the real life experience of people with disabilities in accessing specific health services that are mandated under the ACA. We are focusing this effort on: Rehabilitative services Habilitative services Behavioral health services/mental health and autism services, and Information about and access to prescription drugs Our project seeks to verify how people are accessing required services and if there are barriers to access. We will explore whether policy changes at the federal and state level are necessary to improve access. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to fill out and we will close the survey on September 15, 2015. SURVEY LINK: If there are questions, please contact Mary Andrus, Assistant Vice President for Government Relations at 202-347-3066 .

Testimony for Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Rule for #Medicaid Coverage of #ABA

Family Voices, a national grassroots network of families and friends, advocates for disability services that are family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent for all children and youth with disabilities.  Family Voices Indiana seeks to share advocacy opportunities and updated information on issues that impact Indiana families of children with disabilities or special needs. We partnered with the National Health Law Program and Indiana Legal Services to provide comments for the public hearing today regarding the proposed rule for Medicaid and ABA services. If you need help accessing ABA or other services for your child with special health care needs, feel free to contact us at 317 944 8982 You can read our testimony below.    090915 IndianaABAComment FINAL Blanksig

New Fact Sheet: Moving to Indiana with a CYSHCN

Families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) have much to consider when making an interstate move. Often the supports and services they rely on differ by state. This fact sheet outlines services available in Indiana. Every state has a Family-to-Family Health Information Center. Family-to-Family Health Information Centers are non-profit, family-staffed organizations that help families of CYSHCN and the professionals who serve them. Family Voices Indiana serves Indiana in this capacity. If you are moving to Indiana, or considering a move to Indiana, we’d be happy to assist. We can be reached by calling 317-944-8982, or by emailing