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New BQIS Director at DDRS

To: Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services stakeholders  From: Kylee B. Hope, Director, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services  Re: Bureau of Quality Improvement Services – Director Announcement Date: October 7, 2016  I am very excited to announce Jessica Harlan-York as the new director of the Bureau of Quality Improvement Services (BQIS). She comes to the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) as a Deputy Attorney General with the Office of Indiana Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  As the Director of DDRS, I am very appreciative of Jessica’s background in Medicaid and her ability to understand the intersections of DDRS, the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning and other Family and Social Servicers Administration programs. This knowledge will be of tremendous value in the various initiatives within DDRS. Jessica started on October 3, 2016, and is excited to begin her work as the new BQIS Director. She is looking forw

Chew on This: Oral Health Tips for Children with Special Healthcare Needs

Oral health is a very important component of overall healthy daily living, but for some children oral health habits can be challenging.  Our hope is that this guide will provide information for families to help begin a lifetime of good oral care. Just as it is important for a child to have a well-established “medical home,” it is also beneficial for the child to have a “dental home.”  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry describes a dental home as “the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way.  Establishment of a dental home begins no later than 12 months of age and includes referral to dental specialists when appropriate.”  So, a dental home—like a medical home—is a model that ensures highest quality of care for your child. At the Dentist The process of establishing a dental home can begin with your local pe

Register to Vote by Oct 11

Tuesday, October 11 is the final day to register to vote in the November 8 election. In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must:  • be a citizen of the United States, • be at least 18 years old on the day of the next general, municipal, or special election, • have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the next general, municipal, or special election (except for certain military voters); and • not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a c rime. If you meet the requirements, please click here to register online:

Minority Youth Survey

IYI and Butler University are collaborating on a research project funded by the Indiana Minority Health Coalition. This research focuses on identifying the following: health disparities for minority youth, existing health programs, and knowledge/perceptions of those serving youth. We are interested in gathering information from you. Please take about 10 minutes to answer a few questions. Your participation will contribute to essential knowledge, training and development for health promotion, and access to health related programs for youth from minority communities in Indiana's urban and rural communities. Just click on this link and you will be taken directly to the survey: /VW5T5W5 Thanks for your help! Best Regards, Indiana Youth Institute 603 East Washington Street Suite 800 Indianapolis, IN 46204 T#   800-343-7060 F#   317-396-2701

Health Insurance 101

Find health insurance confusing? We’re here to help! FH Health Insurance 101  is a series of guides and videos that use “plain speak” to explain health insurance. Read this series if you have a health plan from an employer, an exchange/marketplace or a union, or one that you bought directly from an insurer.  Find answers to questions such as: What do the terms in my Explanation of Benefits ( EOB ) mean? How are  in-network  and  out-of-network  care different? How do they affect my costs? What are  co-pays ,  co-insurance  and  deductibles ? What should I think about before I  choose a medical or dental insurance plan ? I saw an in-network doctor.  Why did I get a bill ? What do I do if my  claim was denied ? How can I use my  Flexible Spending Plan  to pay for my healthcare costs?   Use this easy-to-follow series with our  FH Medical Cost Lookup  and FH Dental Cost Lookup  tools to help you: Choose a health plan; Plan the costs of healthcare—for you and your fam

DDRS Listening Session Webinar 10.6

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) staff will host a webinar on October 6, 2016 as part of the division’s Family Listening Sessions. The webinar is intended to:   Seek feedback from families and self-advocates regarding their needs and ways DDRS can support opportunities for individuals with disabilities to maximize their full potential and participate in their families and community;   Provide information to key stakeholders about the LifeCourse Framework initiative; and   Share details on new federal laws impacting individuals with disabilities.  Details on how to access the webinar and call-in information is listed below.  Family Listening Session webinar October 6, 2016 - 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  URL:  o Participants will sign in as a guest using their name.   Audio will be voice over internet, so participants will need to use speakers or headphones to hear the presentation.   Telephone access

EPSDT under Medicaid

All children under age 21 enrolled in Medicaid through the categorically needy pathway are entitled to the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit, which requires states to provide access to any Medicaid-coverable service in any amount that is medically necessary, regardless of whether the service is covered in the state plan. [1]  EPSDT’s purpose is to discover and treat childhood health conditions before they become serious or disabling. States must inform all Medicaid-eligible families about the benefit, screen children at reasonable intervals, diagnose and treat any health problems found, and report certain data regarding EPSDT participation annually to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). EPSDT was introduced as a part of the Social Security Act Amendments of 1967. Subsequent legislative changes have shaped the benefit, strengthening standards for identification of children in need of screening, standards for screening, coverag