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Provide comments for Indiana's State Health Assessment

The Indiana Health Improvement Planning Committee is seeking public comment on data collected for the State Health Assessment. Your opinion is important to us as we determine the measures that best represent the state of Indiana’s health. Click below to access the data book, then take a short survey to provide comment. For questions on this process, please contact Eden Bezy .  Indiana State Health Assessment Data Book (Draft for Comment) Survey

BDDS waiver amendments for public comment

On  April 30, 2018 , the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) intends to submit proposed amendments to the Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver and the Family Support Waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for consideration. The waiver amendments are available for review and public comment on the  DDRS Draft Policies for Public Comment webpage . These amendments propose changes to the reimbursement rate for case management services due to the changing roles and responsibilities of case managers to align with the Division’s realigned person-centered planning approach. All proposed changes are outlined in the Purpose of Amendment section of each amendment, including notable language updates, clarification of Other Standards under the Provider Qualifications for all services, and clarification that certain therapy services for participants under the age of 21 must be accessed throug

Short Term, Limited Duration Health Plans

from National Family Voices:   "Short-Term, Limited-Duration" Plans On March 16, 21 patients groups (including Family Voices) wrote to congressional leaders urging that they  not  include in the omnibus spending bill any provisions to promote so-called "short-term, limited-duration" health plans, as the administration has advocated. These plans would not be required to adhere to the essential-benefits or consumer-protection standards established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The administration is proposing a rule that would allow the sale of these plans that could be in effect for up to a year (364 days), and is also pushing for those plans to be automatically renewable. Under current regulations issued by the Obama administration, such plans can be in effect no longer than 90 days. Sale of year-long, renewable plans that do not meet ACA standards would likely create a separate insurance market for healthy individuals who want less expensive health plans,

AWS Foundation awards grant to Family Voices Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – AWS Foundation of Fort Wayne, Ind., awarded Family Voices Indiana (FV Indiana) $50,000 in grant funding to increase its capacity to serve families with children with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them in the northeast region of the state.'' “Family Voices Indiana is honored to be chosen by AWS Foundation as a 2018 grant recipient,” said Holly Wheeler, executive director of FV Indiana. “Many families in northeastern Indiana aren’t accessing all the services and supports their children need because either they don’t know what’s available or don’t know where to start. These funds will allow us to serve more families and professionals, ultimately helping more children lead healthier, happier lives.” FV Indiana will use grant funds in multiple ways, including increased staffing for the 11 counties AWS serves and enhanced community outreach to the region’s diverse communities. “We have been building our partnership with AWS for