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Showing posts from March 13, 2016

Understanding Medicaid Eligibility

Diane Buff, IPMG Medicaid and Intake Support Manager, provides information to assist with understanding the essential concepts of Medicaid Eligibility. Learning Objectives include: Basic understanding of Medicaid as it relates to individuals on the FSW and CIH Waivers Understanding the Medicaid application process Identifying and monitoring Medicaid annual re-determination How to reestablish Medicaid following a lapse Available resources and how to utilize them

Taxes and Health Care Coverage: Five Tips for Tax Filers

Last year, millions of people purchased quality, affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, and most benefitted from advance payments of the premium tax credit that lowered their monthly premiums. With the tax filing deadline a few weeks away, it’s a good time to remind everyone – both new and renewing consumers – about what they need to know when they file their taxes. For those who returned to the Marketplace in 2015 to renew coverage or pick a different plan, the tax filing process is generally the same as last year. But, for the millions who signed up for Marketplace coverage in 2015 for the first time, the process may be a new one. By now, all Marketplace consumers should have received a statement in the mail from the Marketplace called a Form 1095-A. These statements include important information needed to complete and file a tax return. Marketplace consumers who received advance payments of the premium tax credit are required to file a tax return

Comment on Proposed Federal Mental Health Legislation

Do you have a child with mental health issues? Congress is considering mental health legislation. We encourage people to share their needs, experience and concerns with their congressional delegation.  The House is discussing this bill: The Senate is discussing this bill: You can find your legislator here: Possible topics: Shortages of child and adolescent psychologists, social workers, and substance abuse counselors Integrating mental health into primary care settings Screening for adverse childhood experiences, such as poverty, child abuse and neglect, and parental substance abuse Early intervention services

Seeking Families for Interviews: $50 stipend

THIS STUDY IS NOW CLOSED. FOLLOW THIS BLOG FOR FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES. THANK YOU Family Voices Indiana shares this opportunity to positively impact future social workers: Seeking families who are willing to be interviewed by Graduate Students about their experiences raising a child with special health care needs or disabilities. Interviews will take place before End of April at mutually agreed upon times.   Families will receive a $50.00 stipend for their participation. 7 parents for a class of nurse practitioners: Looking for all kinds of disabilities for children under 18 Preference for in-person interviews in Central IN, but could be via phone anywhere in the state Interested families should send the following to Adult Name Child Name Child Age Child Diagnosis Phone number to reach adult Email to reach adult Best days and times to reach adult Address Please RSVP with subject line "Interview" by March 18. Limited

IRS Now Allows Caregiver Parents to Exclude Medicaid Waiver Payments From Income

The Internal Revenue Service has reversed a long-standing policy and agreed to allow parents of people with disabilities who receive Medicaid waiver funds in return for caregiving services provided to their children to exclude those funds from their incomes. For years, the IRS has allowed foster parents to exclude "qualified foster care payments" from state agencies from their incomes, and foster parents of children with disabilities can also exclude so-called "difficulty of care" payments, which are funds provided to foster parents for the additional care provided to a child with disabilities. The excluded income does not count towards the taxpayer's gross income at all, making these payments essentially "tax free" funds. In many states, biological parents of children with disabilities receive compensation from various Medicaid programs for the time they spend providing assistance to their children above and beyond what would be expected of parents of