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Can I get help with my Marketplace application?

Can I get help with my Marketplace application? All state Marketplaces are required to offer Navigator programs to help consumers complete their application for  financial help, including help applying for Medicaid or CHIP.  Navigators also help people review their plan choices and appeal Marketplace decisions.  Navigators are paid by the Marketplace, not by health plans, and they must complete Marketplace training and be free from conflicts of interest. However, in HealthCare.gov states this year, the federal government substantially reduced Navigator funding so it might be harder to find help from a Navigator, depending on where you live.  The federal government did not fund any Navigator programs in Utah for 2019-200. In some other HealthCare.gov states, including Texas, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan, the federal government will not offer Navigator services in many of the counties. You may be able to find in-person help from other sources.  In addition to Navigators, other Marketpl…

Insurance Coverage options for people with disabilities

If you have a special health care need — like if you’re terminally ill, need help with daily activities, get regular care at home or in another community setting, live in a long-term care facility or group home, or have a condition that limits your ability to work — or if you have a disability, you have a number of options for health coverage. If you currently have Medicaid or Medicare, you’re considered covered under the health care law and don’t need a Marketplace plan. If you don’t have health coverage, you can fill out a Marketplace application to find out if you qualify for savings on a private health plan or for coverage through Medicaid. Visit these pages to find information on the following topics. SSDI & Medicare coverageSSI Disability & Medicaid coverageWaiting for a decision on disability statusNo disability benefits or health coverageMore information about health care for people with disabilities Under the health care law, plans must cover treatment for pre-existin…

Resources for Immigrants and Refugees

ABCs of Self-Employment

Is Self-Employment Doable? Join CCLC in Indianapolis Innovation and technology have opened up new avenues to self-employment. But is self-employment realistic for people with disabilities, especially those receiving benefits or those who may not have independent resources to hire staff? IIDC’s Center on Community Living and Careers (CCLC) will help answer those questions as the center facilitates a series of free information sessions for youth and adults with disabilities and their supporters.

Sponsored by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, the ABCs of Self-Employment session takes place in Indianapolis November 20, 2019, at the Easterseals Crossroads from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Eastern Time. During this introduction to self-employment event, participants will hear from Hoosiers with disabilities who are successfully navigating the world of self-employment.

Indiana employment and transition professionals, please share the ABCs of Self-Employment flyer with in…

AT in the IEP

from DREDF (Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund):

This month's Special EDition provides information on how assistive technology (AT) may be helpful when planning your child's education. What is assistive technology (AT)? The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) defines assistive technology as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functioning of individuals with disabilities." Within the context of your child's education, AT can be used to assist your child in a variety of tasks, including writing, speaking, sitting, reading, and participating in classroom activities. AT devices range from low-tech objects like pencil grips, Velcro and magnifying glasses to high-tech screen readers, online textbooks, and vocal communication devices.  New and innovative technologies are becoming available almost all the time—from Chrome books, to electronic planners and Google classroom (technolog…