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Aged and Disabled Waiver - Updated information

Family Voices Indiana, has been working hard to receive and share with you updated official information about changes to the A&D Waiver. We encourage our impacted members to contact their case mangers as soon as possible. Please review that following that was received on July 10th, 2008:
The Division of Aging was pleased to announce on June 10, 2008 that the renewal of the Aged and Disabled Waiver was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The purpose of the Aged and Disabled waiver is to provide wrap-around services to clients in order to ensure their ability to live in their homes or community-based settings along with other essential services provided through traditional Medicaid. The changes to the Aged and Disabled waiver were available through INSite on June 10, 2008.

Through careful evaluation of the submission of cost comparison budgets and plans of care, several problems were identified For example, there are several clients identified as re…

HIP Buy-In Now Available

Posted by: [FSSA] Contact: Elizabeth Surgener Phone: 317-232-1149 Email: Elizabeth.Surgener@fssa.in.gov HIP Buy-In Now Available
On July 1, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced a buy-in option for the state's Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). The Indiana Check-Up Plan that was approved by the Legislature in April 2007 includes a buy-in option for Hoosiers who do not qualify for the plan due to income. HIP has been open only to Hoosiers earning below 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Now, the buy-in option provides an alternative for those who do not qualify for the subsidized plan because their income is above 200% of the FPL, which is approximately $40,000 for a family of four."In only six months, over 14,000 Hoosiers have become insured through the Healthy Indiana Plan. Today, we are thrilled to announce that those who are currently ineligible due to income may now benefit from the HIP buy-in option," said FSSA Secretar…

Important information for A&D/TBI waiver recipients

This information is from SEVERNS ASSOCIATES, P.C. All expressed opinions belong to them.
Individuals should talk to their case managers and/or AAA agencies to find out how these changes will impact their plans of care, and if they are entitled to any legal action.

Independence Day Surprise for Waiver clients with heavy care needs


Medicaid Waiver clients with high care needs have been targeted for cuts by FSSA. According to FSSA's June 23rd message to AAA's, all waiver recipients whose service plans have with service hours exceeding the new caps will be automatically cut effective 8/1/08. The State's June 23rd notice to AAA's, cast as a "software update," is shown below. Area Agencies have been effectively instructed to "re-budget or else" to conform with new caps. Area Agencies were not consultedwhen the new caps were developed for the State's Waiver renewal. Beneficiaries who rely on Waiver services to remain independenthave not be …