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What is the Ticket to Work Program?

The Ticket Program supports career planning and development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits and want to work. Through thisfreeandvoluntaryprogram, eligible individuals work with Ticket Program service providers, like Employment Networks(EN) orState Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies, that guide and support them through the employment process, from career planning to maintaining long-term employment and achieving financial independence.Ticket Program service providers offer services to job seekers with disabilities, ranging from help writing resumes and preparing for interviews to requesting accommodations. They also offer eligible individuals continued support while they are working.Many service providers also offer benefits counseling. Certified Benefits Counselors help job seekers better understand how working will affect their benefits and how to use Work Incentives to ease the path to successful employment.Want to Learn More?If yo…
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Flu Shot Facts for Patients

4 Facts About the Flu Shot from Indiana Immunization Coalition on Vimeo.
When it comes to the flu shot, healthcare providers have heard all the excuses:“The flu shot gives you the flu.”“I’m healthy; I don’t need a flu shot.”“I got it last year.”“It doesn’t always work.”Trying to convince patients to get their annual flu shot can be challenging. Here are some flu shot facts to help you meet that challenge and encourage your patients to get vaccinated against the flu
Flu Shot FactsCan the flu shot give you the flu?
No. Flu vaccines are made with either ‘inactivated’ flu viruses that have been killed and therefore are not infectious or by using a single gene from a flu virus. The single gene produces an immune response without causing an infection. However, an immune response can cause mild symptoms such as achy muscles or a low-grade fever.Do healthy people need to get a flu shot?
Yes, even healthy people should get a flu shot. The flu virus can spread quickly from others up to six feet a…

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CMS Announces New Federal Funding for 33 States to Support Transitioning Individuals from Nursing Homes to the Community

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs. This funding will help state Medicaid programs jump-start efforts to transition individuals with disabilities and older adults from institutions and nursing facilities to home and community-based settings of their choosing.Today’s action delivers on the Administration’s commitment to transform Medicaid by fostering increased state flexibility and innovation and to ensure safety and quality for beneficiaries.“The tragic devastation wrought by the Coronavirus on nursing home residents exposes America’s over-reliance on institutional long-term care facilities,” said Administrator Seema Verma. “Residential care will always be an essential part of the care continuum, but our goal must always be to give residents options that help keep our loved ones in their own homes and co…

Legislative Update

Both houses of Congress are back in session after their August break, but have made no progress on another pandemic-relief bill. As of this writing, it seems unlikely, but not impossible, that a bill will be passed before the election. In other news…
Medicaid Regulations: The administration -- (1) will withdraw the proposed “Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation” that would have restricted states’ ability to fund their share of their Medicaid programs; (2) issued a proposed “Good Guidance” rule that, in effect, could rescind many federal policies governing state Medicaid programs.
Vaccines: HHS announced that it would permit pharmacists to order and administer routine childhood immunizations to children ages 3-18; preliminary plans for the allocation and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine have been released.
 The Census Bureau released data showing the largest annual increase in the number of uninsured children in more than a decade.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC…

ASL and Spanish streams of MHA Annual Conference are available for viewing

If you weren’t able to make all or some of MHA’s 2020 Annual Conference earlier this month, or just want to re-watch some of your favorite sessions, we have recordings of most of our sessions available on our website in ASL and Spanish. Closed captioning for the recorded sessions capabilities is also coming soon. Click here to watch Day 1 of the ASL stream
Click here to watch Day 2 of the ASL stream
Si no pudo asistir a todas o algunas de las sesiones de la Conferencia Anual 2020 de MHA a principios de este mes, o simplemente le gustaría volver a ver algunas de sus sesiones favoritas, tenemos grabaciones de la mayoría de nuestras sesiones disponibles en nuestra página web en lengua de señas americana (American Sign Language , ASL) y en español. Las sesiones grabadas tendrán subtítulos disponibles pronto.
Haga clic aquí para ver la dia 1 de transmisión en lengua de señas americana.
Haga clic aquí para ver la dia 2 de transmisión en lengua de señas americana.

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