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DDRS quarterly meeting

Family Voices Indiana shares the following announcement from DDRS: DDRS has posted the Provider Quarterly Meeting webinar PowerPoint presentation and questions and answers, from the August 1, 2013 meeting to the DDRS website on the  Provider Quarterly Meeting  webpage . Information covered in the meeting included Supervised Group Living Conversions, Health Care Coordination Services as a BDDS Waiver Service, Rates for Services for BDDS Providers and DDRS Priorities.  August 2013 Webinar PowerPoint Questions and Answers

Health Finance Commission notes and next mtg date/agenda

Family Voices Indiana is sharing the official notes from the Health Finance Commission meeting on July 22, 2013. Information that is probably of most interest to our families includes: Health Insurance Exchange Mr. Logan Harrison, Indiana Department of Insurance (1001), testified that the 1001 actuary has concluded that insurance rates in Indiana will increase an average of 72% and small group insurance rates in Indiana will increase 8% on average for the 2014 plan year as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Mr. Harrison pointed to several possible reasons for the projected 72% increase, including the implementation of the following under the ACA: (1) an annual fee on health insurance providers; (2) a temporary reinsurance program collection; and (3) an excise tax on high value plans. See Exhibit 2. Mr. Harrison also discussed market issues, including guarantee issuance, morbidity, and the closing of Indiana's high-risk insurance pool. Mr. Harrison stated that 17

Share your voice with your legislator during the Congressional recess

When Congress is on recess,  Aug. 3-Sept. 8 ,  most lawmakers return to their home states to connect with their constituents. That makes recesses a great opportunity to invite your members of Congress to an event, set up a meeting at their local office, attend a town hall event, or find other personal ways to deliver your messages about the issues facing families and individuals with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Use these tips and tools to meet with your members of Congress while they're home on recess. If you need additional guidance, feel free to contact us: 317 944 8982 info@fvindiana.org ·           Be Professional and courteous and polite. Let them know from the beginning why you are visiting or contacting them. ·           Be Brief. Give your position and make your point as clearly and concisely as possible. Their schedule is at least as busy as yours. ·           Be Logical. An emotional appeal is not enough. Back your arguments w