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Biden Administration Strengthens Requirements that Plans and Issuers Cover COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Without Cost Sharing and Ensures Providers are Reimbursed for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Uninsured

From CMS News 2.26.21 In accordance with the  Executive Order  President Biden signed on January 21, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), together with the Department of Labor and the Department of the Treasury, (collectively, the Departments) issued new  guidance  today removing barriers to COVID-19 diagnostic testing and vaccinations and strengthening requirements that plans and issuers cover diagnostic testing without cost sharing. This guidance makes clear that private group health plans and issuers generally cannot use medical screening criteria to deny coverage for COVID-19 diagnostic tests for individuals with health coverage who are asymptomatic, and who have no known or suspected exposure to COVID-19. Such testing must be covered without cost sharing, prior authorization, or other medical management requirements imposed by the plan or issuer. For example, covered individuals wanting to ensure they are COVID-19 negative prior to visiting a family member

Expanding Your Job Search with Ticket to Work

  From SSA's Ticket to Work Program Wednesday, February 24, 2021 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET Join us on February 24 for our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar! If you’re looking for work and have questions about hiring initiatives for people with disabilities, this month’s WISE webinar will provide some answers! We’ll discuss apprenticeships, working for the federal government, and how Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program can help you in your job search.  Join the webinar to learn about: Federal hiring initiatives for people with disabilities, such as Section 503 and Schedule A Hiring How to determine if an apprenticeship is right for you The Ticket Program and job search resources Register now Online: By Phone:  1-866-968-7842  or  1- 866-833-2967 (TTY) You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. WISE in American Sign Language (ASL) Our  AS

BQIS webinar learning opportunity: Supporting Choice and Community

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services believes that quality indicators must be integrated into systems for the purpose of management, but a true person-centered system measures a service or program by its ability to achieve quality outcomes for the individuals being served. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be provided with integrated supports to facilitate individual choice and maximize their full access to the greater community. The Bureau of Quality Improvement Services is committed to supporting our provider network in working toward a true person-centered system. As part of that commitment, BQIS is partnering with its quality vendor Liberty of Indiana to offer training and technical assistance focused on addressing needs identified through the Quality On-Site Provider Review process and through analysis of various monitoring processes. With this as a backdrop, BQIS is pleased to announce a web-based learning opportunity about  Sup

Webinar Invitation: National Family Support Technical Assistance Center


Vaccine Considerations for People with Disabilities

  What People with Disabilities and Care Providers Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine This webpage provides information for people with disabilities or conditions that may increase their risk of getting and spreading COVID-19, and for their care providers. If you do not see the information you need, please check the  CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information  page. Information on COVID-19 vaccines is updated regularly. Check back for updated information.

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium; President Extends Foreclosure Moratorium & Mortgage Forbearance

  From Family Voices Washington D.C. News 2.22.21 Eviction Moratorium.  On January 20, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH,  announced  an  extension of the order  temporarily halting residential evictions until at least March 31, 2021, as a protective health measure. In order to take advantage of the moratorium, tenants must provide a  declaration  to their landlord.  See  HHS/CDC Temporary Halt In Residential Evictions To Prevent The Further Spread Of Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions . 

Participate in Research: Seeking families who have boy and girl siblings diagnosed with ASD

  From Autism Research Institute Monthly Newsletter Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Autism Research Institute are seeking families to participate in this study who have both boy and girl siblings with autism. These families will be mailed stool kits with instructions and will be asked to collect samples. A brief medical history will be taken. Please contact Harland Winter, M.D., by phone 617-724-2004, or  email , for additional information, and enrollment details. CLICK HERE to email the study administrator for more information

Early onset of puberty a common finding in girls with ASD

  From Autism Research Institute  February Newsletter Girls with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) tend to enter puberty at an earlier age than neurotypical girls, according to a new study.  Measuring the onset of puberty based on the development of genitalia and pubic hair, the researchers found “significantly earlier pubertal development in females with ASD but not males.”  Learn more

School-Based Medicaid Reimbursement Bill Advances

  From Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Newsletter 2.18.21 Senate Bill 51: Medicaid Reimbursement for Schools  passed unanimously out of the Indiana Senate this week and is on its way for consideration by the Indiana House of Representatives. If passed into law, the bill will allow schools seek federal reimbursement for Medicaid eligible services already provided by schools under federal and state mandates. Estimates suggest this could mean tens of millions of dollars returned to Indiana schools, which could be used in a variety of ways such as funding special projects, expanding academic programming or reinvesting into student health and support services. While Indiana currently allows for reimbursement of services under Individualized Education Programs, the bill would add reimbursement for services under Section 504 plans, behavioral intervention plans or individualized healthcare plans. Also reimbursable would be Medicaid eligible nursing services provided by a licensed nurs

New Report: Intersectional Medical Discrimination During COVID-19

  From Justice in Aging Plans to ration medical care known as Crisis Standards of Care (CSCs) are used to decide who is prioritized for treatment during times of scarcity, such as during the pandemic. These plans can often be rooted in negative biases and inaccurate assumptions about the value of someone’s life.   Justice in Aging joined a coalition of civil rights groups and legal scholars in authoring a new report on how CSCs may perpetuate medical discrimination against people with disabilities, older adults, higher weight people, and Black, Indigenous, Latino/a, Asian American, and other people of color. The report,  Examining How Crisis Standards of Care May Lead to Intersectional Medical Discrimination Against COVID-19 Patients , provides an explanation of crisis standards of care policies implemented by states and hospital systems and how they may discriminate against marginalized individuals and communities. The report also shares principles that should apply to prevent discrim