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Resources For the ACA and Those with Disabilities

Last year, the NDNRC released a series of videos entitled "Health Insurance Jeopardy" (the summary blog of that series can be found  here ). We are proud to announce that we are releasing a new series entitled "Health Insurance Jeopardy Round 2 - Double Jeopardy." This new video series will be released over the next week and is based on our population specific fact sheets. The videos will be posted on our YouTube channel which can be accessed  here  and individual links to each video can be found on our "Webinars/Presentations" page  here . To read more about what will be covered in this new series or to watch the first video on intellectual disabilities, check out our new story by  clicking here . In case you missed it last week, the NDNRC presented on a webinar entitled “The Affordable Care Act and Persons with Disabilities: An Introduction and Overview Webinar.” That webinar has been archived, so to access the recording or slides, check out our n

First Steps Services

The goal of First Steps is to help Hoosier families make sure their infants and toddlers receive services now to help them in the future. Services through First Steps are designed to meet the developmental needs of the child, except in limited circumstances. First Steps does not provide services to meet medical needs. Services available through First Steps include: Assistive Technology (AT) devices include a variety of items, equipment, materials or services, used with individual children to increase, maintain or improve their functional capabilities. May also include adaptations to toys and learning materials that permit the child to be more successful in their play and developmental activities; evaluation and adaptation of currently used equipment; or evaluation and adaptation of the child’s environment. Audiological services, including signed and cued language services, can identify if the child has a hearing loss, how significant the loss is and what it means to the child


Indianapolis – A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit late yesterday sided with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and several plaintiffs with disabilities who challenged a state agency's changes to Indiana's Medicaid Waiver programs, changes that limit the ability of Hoosiers to become active members of their communities and, ultimately, put them at risk of losing their independence and being institutionalized. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit: Facts in the case regarding treatment of people with disabilities "stick a knife in the state's argument" The programs, which serve thousands of Hoosiers, offer services that enable people to live in their communities even though their disabling conditions would otherwise require that they be placed in an institution. "The U.S. Supreme Court long ago recognized the harm that unnecessary segregation causes people with disabilities, and this harm exists

Rate Changes to FS and CIH waiver services

Family Voices Indiana shares this information with families so they can discuss it further with their child's case manager. When rates for services increase and the individuals budget does not increase, it often means a reduction in service hours. Under the Family Supports Waiver, you must work within the budget limitations. Under CIH, you can request a budget modification.  Again, be sure to discuss this with your child's case manager from DDRS: On July 1, 2016, new rates will be in effect for Community Habilitation – Individual (CHIO), Facility Habilitation – Individual (FHIO) and Respite for both the Family Support and Community Integration and Habilitation Waivers. Residential Habilitation Services (RH10, RH20 and RHS Daily) will have new rates under the Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver. The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services’ will post an updated rate chart on its announcements Web page. While these rates are being implemented across