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The Senate Finance Committee has an opportunity to move the ABLE Age Adjustment Act through committee by the end of June, increasing the age of ABLE eligibility from prior to age 26 to prior to age 46. The goal is to include ABLE Age Adjustment in the base bill for the SECURE 2.0 (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act. This bill has broad bipartisan support, and members of the public can contact their Senator’s offices to convey support for the ABLE Age Adjustment Act. The key time to contact your Senator's office is between now and Tuesday, June 21. Learn More & Act Now
"The Bureau of Developmental Disability Services is committed to supporting our provider network in working toward a true person-centered system which includes ensuring providers are supporting individuals to be as independent as possible. As part of that commitment, BDDS hosted a training clarifying support versus supervision in home-and community-based services. Participants learned: The difference between support versus supervision Remedying over support Providing active support Person-centered planning A recording of the training is now available here and the PowerPoint is available here . As a reminder, the Bureau of Quality Improvement Services has a playlist of videos that might be of interest to providers, individuals, families and other stakeholders that can be found here . If you would like additional resources or have any questions that were not addressed in the Q&A session, please feel free to reach out to BQIS Help: 800-545-7763 or BQIS.Help@fssa.IN.gov .&quo
From Family Voices National The Administration for Children and Families recently announced that receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (sometimes called “food stamps”) meets the definition of “public assistance” for the purposes of determining eligibility for Head Start services. This means that if a family receives SNAP, they automatically qualify for Head Start. This will make it easier for Head Start programs to reach families, minimize the burden on families seeking public assistance and coordinate benefit programs so that families eligible for one program can more easily participate in other services for which they qualify. With programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, Head Start helps children from low-income families – including children with disabilities – get ready for school. SNAP supplements food budgets for low-income families, with special eligibility rules for families that include an older person or a person with disabilities.
From Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Throughout the COVID pandemic, a large number of low-income families gained affordable and comprehensive health insurance for their children through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP provides access to high-quality and affordable healthcare when families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance insurance for their children. Since its creation, CHIP has contributed to reducing the number of uninsured children by more than 68 percent, shifting U.S. children from an uninsurance rate of nearly 15 percent in 1997 to less than 5 percent in 2016. Along with Medicaid, CHIP has also aided in reducing racial disparities in coverage and access to care, with more than half of children of color using Medicaid and CHIP as their source of health coverage. Despite its obvious value, CHIP is still the only public insurance program that does not have permanent funding. The program is instead f
From Family Voices National The Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 created tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities who acquired their disability before the age of 26. The ABLE Age Adjustment Act ( S. 331 and H.R. 1219 ) would change the age of onset criteria from age 26 to 46. According to the ABLE National Resource Center , "passage of this legislation would allow an additional 6 million or more people with disabilities [to] become eligible to open an ABLE account. This critical legislation would increase the financial security of people across the spectrum of disabilities without jeopardizing their much-needed public benefits." ABLE Refresher: The money saved in ABLE accounts can be used to pay for qualified disability-related expenses such as education, housing, employment training, assistive technology, and transportation. An ABLE account is similar to a college savings ("529") account because the earnings in an ABLE account