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Showing posts from January 16, 2022

Updated Comprehensive Preventive Care and Screening Guidelines for Women and for Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Original from  Family Voices Washington DC Update The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has updated comprehensive preventive care and screening guidelines for women and for infants, children, and adolescents. Among a number of updates, for the first time, the guidelines will require such group health plans and insurance plans to provide coverage without a co-pay or deductible for double electric breast pumps.

Free At Home COVID Tests

Starting January 15, most people with a commercial health plan will be able to receive at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic tests authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at no cost, either through reimbursement or free of charge through their insurance. This applies whether you purchased your health plan on your own or whether you get health insurance through your job. Check out this   FAQ   document from CMS for more information.   State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs are currently required to cover FDA-authorized at-home COVID-19 tests without cost-sharing.  This Department of Labor  FAQ  offers more details as to diagnostic testing and related issues under the ACA Implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Act.


  From  Grassroots MCH Initiative |  #AskTheWomen Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Indiana University SEEKING: Women who have experienced a birth or pregnancy in the past five years in Jay, Shelby, Cass, Grant, St. Joseph, or Marion County.   FOR:  A 15-30 minute interview by Zoom or phone about supports you had or wished you had while pregnant   GOAL:  To improve supports for pregnant women across Indiana communities   COMPENSATION : A personal, home, or baby-themed gift bag ($15 value)   HOW TO SIGN UP:  Text “AskTheWomen” to 317-270-0874 or email  with subject line “AskTheWomen”   This opportunity is optional and any information you share will be reported out anonymously. All participants will be invited to review and provide feedback on the study findings.

Public Comment Opportunity: Wheelchairs on Airplanes

The U.S. Access Board has reopened its public comment period on advisory guidelines for aircraft onboard wheelchairs. As indicated in a   published notice ,  the Board seeks information on onboard wheelchair loads and caster wheels for use in finalizing its voluntary guidelines. The Department of Transportation also solicits further information on its performance standards for onboard wheelchairs as outlined in a separate   meeting notice .  Individuals may submit comments to the Board via any of the following methods: Federal Register Notice:   Select the “Submit a Formal Comment” button on the right-hand side and follow the instructions. Email .  Include docket number ATBCB-2019-0002 in the subject line of the message. Mail: Office of Technical and Information Services U.S. Access Board 1331 F Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20004-1111 View the docket   to read background documents and comments received.

February 2, 1:30-2:30 pm ET Webinar - COVID-19 Vaccines and Omicron: Ask the Expert with Dr. Mary Ciccarelli, IU Riley Hospital

Do you have questions about COVID-19 vaccine boosters, breakthrough infections, and the Omicron variant? The Institute’s Center for Health Equity (CHE) is hosting a free webinar featuring Dr. Mary Ciccarelli, IU professor of clinical medicine and clinical pediatrics, as well as members of the disability community.   The free webinar will be on  February 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm EDT . Captioning and Sign Language Interpreting will be provided.    Dr. Ciccarelli will talk about COVID-19 variants and booster shots for people with disabilities. A parent of a young adult with a disability and a self-advocate will share first-hand experiences of vaccination. Ask your questions for Dr. Ciccarelli when you register or during the webinar.    Registration is free, but required to attend:     The Center for Health Equity is part of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University. The webinar is funded by the U.S.

Large Study Assesses How Caring for Children with Serious Conditions Affects Health of Parents, Siblings

From  Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health Newsletter   Family members of children with a serious pediatric illness may have increased physical and mental health care needs, a newly published study in  JAMA Network  suggests. Researchers found higher rates of health care encounters, physical and mental health diagnoses, and physical and mental health medication prescriptions among parents and siblings of children with life-threatening conditions, compared with a control group. The authors conclude that interventions to safeguard the mental and physical well-being of parents and siblings appear to be warranted.  Read the article .

Child Mental Health Wraparound Program updates and webinars

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction is pleased to announce that  Child Advocates  will serve as the statewide access site for our Child Mental Health Wraparound program. Child Advocates will transition into this role during calendar year 2022.  DMHA will also rollout a new access site data collection process, the new data collection process is necessary as the state has eliminated access to Syncplicity. To help you prepare for these changes DMHA will be hosting a series of training webinars listed below. The division has also complied a question-and-answer document from questions submitted to  during the September 2021 webinar. This Q and A  is available by clicking here. Please note that many of the changes being implemented are fluid and DMHA is still developing processes, procedures and policies. All CMHW providers and families will be updated as decisions are finalized. Statewide access site rollout plan update webinar  Jan. 13, 2022 Noon – 2