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Latest Developments in the Health Care Repeal Lawsuit (Texas v. US)

Dear Partners,

Thank you to those who were able to join our tactical call to discuss the latest developments in our nationwide efforts to combat the Health Care Repeal Lawsuit (Texas v. US). Here's a quick recap of where the case stands: Community Catalyst Communications Manager Stephen Eisele breaks down the latest developments in the Health Care Repeal Lawsuit (Texas v. US). If you missed the call, you're in luck! We have a number of updated tools and resources to help you continue organizing innovative and effective campaigns in your own states.

Campaign Tools
Reach out to state based marketplace regulators, insurance commissioners and insurance providers, and ask them to make a public statement by Friday January 10th calling on the Supreme Court to take up the case. Use this messaging guidance to help policy makers craft a statement that illustrates the urgency of the case and the importance of settling it now, rather than continuing the uncer…

Emergency Services Coverage & Billing

Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) recently provided a clarification of Package E - Emergency Services Only coverage and billing for certain non-U.S. citizens. Emergency Services are defined as services required for a medical condition manifesting itself by acute symptoms serious enough that the absence of immediate medical attention could reasonably be expected to result in serious jeopardy to the individual’s health, serious impairment to bodily functions, or serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part. 

Some examples include:
Labor and delivery, including a C-sectionSuspected heart attack or strokeBroken limbsDifficulty breathing

Package E covers all the following aspects of emergency care:
Hospital inpatient costsInpatient and outpatient physician costsPharmacy/prescription drug costsLabsImaging test such as x-raysAnesthesia

If a Package E member has an emergency and seeks services, they should not be billed for any part of that care. Covered services are reimbursed under the …

Upcoming BDDS Waiver Redesign Initial Concept Paper feedback opportunities

On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services released its initial Waiver Redesign Initial Concept Paper. We are pleased to share three upcoming opportunities for you to learn more and share your feedback on the ideas and information shared in the concept paper. Dates and locations are listed below:
Friday, January 10, 2020, around noon EST – Join Cathy Robinson, BDDS director and Jessica Harlan-York, BQIS director, on Facebook Live. They will be talking about the concept paper with a particular focus on how you can share your feedback. To join the event live, please visit the BDDS Facebook page around noon. If you can’t make it live, be sure to visit our Facebook page to watch the recording.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, from 10 a.m. – noon EST – The DDRS Advisory Council will be holding their monthly meeting at Easter Seals Crossroads located at 4740 Kingsway Drive, fifth floor, conference rooms 1 & 2. Their meeting will include discussion on the w…

DDRS Waiver Redesign – public comment request

In 2016, the Division of Disabilities and Rehabilitative Services partnered with the Arc of Indiana to host 15 listening sessions with families and self-advocates. Using that feedback as a guide, the Division embarked on a journey to redefine how we deliver person-centered services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our goal was to make person-centered planning a more purposeful conversation with the individuals we work with and their families. Through this journey, the Division adopted the principles of the LifeCourse Framework, serving as our driving force and providing a shared set of values that focuses on the premise that all people have the right to live, love, learn, work and play in their community. We updated and modernized our Person Centered Individual Support Plan process. We worked with a wide variety of stakeholders to develop the Comprehensive State Plan on Community-Based Services for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabiliti…

Focus Group About Medication Challenges: $25 Gift Card

Family Voices Indiana is partnering with Purdue University to learn more about the challenges and barriers families might experience regarding medications for their child/ren with special health care needs.

We’re hosting an online focus group on January 30, 2020

6-7:30p ET via Zoom (phone or computer)

We’d like to talk, informally, with 8-10 parents (over age 21) of children with special health care needs (any age) who currently take at least TWO medications.

Preference will be given to families outside of the Indianapolis area because we will be hosting another focus group, in person, in Indianapolis in the spring. We’d like to hear about the unique challenges families experience in other parts of the state.

To RSVP, please contact Ephrem Abebe ( or 317-880-5416) by January 21st with the following info:




Phone Number:

After participation in the focus group, you will be mailed a $25 gift card as appreciation for your valuable time and input.

If you’d like …

Hearing aid management Study

Would you like access to resources to help with hearing aid management?

If so, you may be eligible for a study conducted by researchers at Utah State University.

The study includes:
• Completing a six-week eHealth program and online questionnaires
Participants can receive up to $50 in Amazon eGift cards

To be eligible*:
• Your child needs to be between birth and 42 months of age;
• Your child needs to have a hearing aid, and
• You need access to the Internet
*Other criteria apply

To get more information about participating in the study contact

Dr. Karen Munoz: (435) 797-2318 IRB #10389

First Steps Make-up Session Policy and Procedures

Date: 10/31/2019

To: First Steps Families, Providers, and Systems Point of Entry (SPOE)

From: First Steps State Office Re: First Steps Make-up Session Policy and Procedures

I. Purpose: To ensure early intervention services are provided in accordance to 34 CFR 303.20 to eligible infants and toddlers and their families according to their Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). This policy identifies procedures for First Steps early intervention service (EIS) providers in the event an early intervention service is not provided as outlined in the IFSP.

II. Definitions: “Missed session” means a planned EIS session that is missed for any reason. “Cancelation” means an EIS session is missed because the parent, provider, or other individual cancels the session before the provider arrives at the planned location and time. “No-show” means an EIS session is missed because the parent, provider, or other individual is not present at the planned location and time or the parent, provider, or othe…