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Legislative Update

From Indiana Association of United Ways Healthcare update It's important for people to know that as of now, nothing about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace has changed, and consumers who enroll by the  January 31  deadline will have coverage starting  March 1 .  We know that consumers have questions about repeal efforts and the implications for their coverage moving forward, and it is something to pay close attention to.  For now, it's important that consumers take action before the deadline to get the coverage they and their families need.  Potential ACA repeal and reconciliation processes could take many months before the administration makes any substantive changes in interpretation, enforcement or content of ACA regulations. We will continue to keep you updated as changes occur.   Consider meeting with your Senator or Member of Congress during the  February 20-24 recess. Register now for  January 30  legislative update webinar IaUW partners wit

Block grants are the heart of future Medicaid plans. Here’s how they work

BY  SHEFALI LUTHRA, KAISER HEALTH NEWS    January 25, 2017 at 10:16 AM EST The federal government forms for applying for health coverage are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as “Obamacare”, outside the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Mississippi, on October 4, 2013. Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Reuters President Donald Trump’s administration made explicit this weekend its commitment to an old GOP strategy for managing Medicaid, the federal-state insurance plan that covers low-income people — turning control of the program to states and capping what the federal government spends on it each year. It’s called “block granting.” Right now, Medicaid, which was expanded under the 2010 health reform to insure more people, covers almost  75 million adults and children . Because it is an entitlement, everyone who qualifies is guaranteed coverage and states and the federal government combine funds to cover the costs. C

Info about Medicaid Block Grants and Per Capita Caps in ASL

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 during the Spring Semester of 2017 at mutually agreed upon times.   Families will receive a $50.00 stipend for their participation. 11 parents for a class of Social Workers: 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 to with subject line &

Family Voices Washington DC Update

from National Family Voices:   ACA Executive Order Hours after his inauguration, the new president issued an  Executive Order  directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services and other applicable agency and department heads to  "exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications."   ACA legal  experts have come to differing conclusions  (LA Times) about how much can be done by executive branch officials to thwart the operation of the ACA - that is, what actions ultimately would survive court challenge.  Some think  some quick changes could result, while  ot