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Short-Term Health Plans – What Do You Need to Know?

from IDOI:

CONSUMER ALERTJune 28, 2019
Short-Term Health Plans – What Do You Need to Know? The Indiana Department of Insurance offers information for Hoosiers on short-term health plans and the changes effective July 1.
Indianapolis – The Indiana Department of Insurance provides the following information for Hoosiers who are currently enrolled in, or are considering, a short-term health insurance plan. Under current Indiana law, a short-term plan can be no longer than six months. It also may not be renewed. However, this law will change on July 1, 2019. What does the new Indiana law say about short-term plans? During the 2019 Legislative Session, the Indiana General Assembly passed HEA 1631, which makes several changes to the current law. Starting July 1, 2019, a short-term plan may be renewed for up to 36 months, may be issued for a term of 364 days or less and has an annual benefit limit of $2 million dollars. In addition to other requirements, a short-term plan is required to provide co…

IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO MAKE A PUSH FOR INCLUSION

by Matt Graffagnino

I am very lucky to be surrounded by many special people who have influenced my growth and learning as a person, and as a father of two children with special needs. Although professionals and educators are doing their best to help with a game plan for skill development, we caregivers are the ones who have to make sure it happens on a daily basis. Believe me, I know how tough this is. We are so caught up in the day-to-day survival that we can’t look outside today to see what’s down the road. We do things just to make it until bedtime. When additional things are presented to us by professionals, we often feel like, “Yeah, that’s not gonna happen any time soon!” We are so caught up in the day-to-day survival that we can’t look outside today to see what’s down the road. We do things just to make it until bedtime. The truth is, I have always been open to suggestions, and willing to give them a try, but only when I was ready to implement those changes and be in a place w…

THE RIGHT TO A SELF DETERMINED LIFE

by Noah Seidel
We all want to dictate our life. When I wake up on a Saturday morning and I don’t have any obligations, I can do whatever I want that day. I decide when and what I want to eat for breakfast. Do I want to play video games, read comics, attend a sporting or entertainment event, go to the farmers market, see my friends and play games? It does not matter what I do; what matters is that I have the freedom to make a decision. I want all people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities have the same freedom I do. Sadly many do not. I received DDA services for the first 25 years of my life. I can’t tell you what services I received, and unfortunately, neither can my parents. While talking with them about writing this article, they remembered that at one point my OT/PT therapy was covered, and then it wasn’t. It became very confusing from there, to the point of not receiving any DDA services. (I am currently on the no paid caseload). I wonder what my life would be like n…