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Healthy Indiana Plan and the Affordable Care Act

Family Voices shares this information from the Kaiser Family Foundation:

On September 3, 2013, Indiana obtained a one-year waiver extension from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with some amendments primarily related to who is eligible for coverage.  CMS extended the plan “to not disrupt the coverage currently afforded in Indiana as the state continues to consider its coverage options.”1While this temporarily preserves coverage for many adults currently covered by the waiver, it also leaves many who would be eligible under the ACA’s full Medicaid expansion without access to new coverage options. The waiver also allows for higher-cost sharing than otherwise allowed under the Medicaid program.  The state also will not be able to access the enhanced federal matching funds tied to new coverage that is available to states implementing the Medicaid expansion.  Governor Pence remains committed to expanding Healthy Indiana and continuing discussions with CMS.  This brief pr…

ACA update: deadline for payment to ensure coverage on Jan 1 extended

Family Voices Indiana shares the following press release from AHIP:

New AHIP Infographic: 5 Steps to Ensuring Coverage Begins on January 1, 2014Washington, D.C. – To provide greater peace of mind for consumers purchasing coverage through the new federal and state marketplaces, America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) Board of Directors today announced that health plans are voluntarily extending the deadline for consumers to pay their first month’s premium. Consumers who select their plans by December 23 and pay their premiums by January 10 will be able to have coverage effective January 1. Under current rules and guidance, consumers who want to begin coverage on January 1 must select a plan by December 23 and pay the first month’s premium by December 31.  The short time period in which to complete these steps, particularly around the holidays, combined with the ongoing technical issues with healthcare.gov have raised concerns that some consumers’ coverage may not be able to begin on Jan…

DDRS announcement: Wellness Coordination on CIH waiver

Family Voices Indiana shares the following announcement from DDRS:

To: Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services waiver consumers
From: Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services
Re: Community Integration & Habilitation Waiver Amendment – Wellness Coordination Update
Date: December 17, 2013

As previously announced, Indiana's Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS), is
adding Wellness Coordination as a new service to the Community Integration and Habilitation
Waiver (CIH). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently reviewing the
proposed new service, and we anticipate that the service will be available during the first
quarter of the 2014 calendar year.

Wellness Coordination is a service designed for consumers who require the ongoing help of a
nurse (RN/LPN) to properly coordinate their medical services. The three tiers (levels) of service
are based on health scores that come from the State’s objective based allocation…