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Bill Seeks to Improve School Health Funding

A bill introduced at this year's Indiana General Assembly would allow schools to capture federal reimbursement for Medicaid eligible services currently provided to their students. Although Indiana currently allows for Medicaid reimbursement under Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Senate Bill 142 would permit the Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning to apply for a state plan amendment allowing school corporations to seek Medicaid reimbursement for medically necessary, school-based, Medicaid covered services provided under federal or state mandates.
In addition to those services delivered through an IEP, the legislation would allow reimbursement for services delivered through a plan under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, a behavioral intervention plan or an individualized healthcare plan. Also included for reimbursement would be medically necessary, Medicaid covered nursing services provided by a licensed and qualified nurse.
Senate Bill 142, authored …

HIP Income Guidelines Revised

New Federal Poverty Levels (FPL) announced in January will go into effect March 1st in Indiana. The Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) released revised eligibility requirements in accordance with these new levels.

Inspector General Warns Public About New Twist to Social Security Phone Scams

The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public that telephone scammers may send faked documents by email to convince victims to comply with their demands. The Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has received reports of victims who received emails with attached letters and reports that appeared to be from Social Security or Social Security OIG. The letters may use official letterhead and government “jargon” to convince victims they are legitimate; they may also contain misspellings and grammar mistakes. 

This is the latest variation on Social Security phone scams, which continue to be widespread throughout the United States. Using robocalls or live callers, fraudsters pretend to be government employees and claim there is identity theft or another problem with one’s Social Security number, account, or benefits. They may threaten arrest or other legal action, or may offer to increase benefits, protect assets, or resolve id…

February opportunities to learn more about the Waiver Redesign Initial Concept Paper

DDRS Update Last month, the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services released its Waiver Redesign Initial Concept Paper. We are pleased to share the following opportunities for you to learn more and share your feedback on the ideas and information shared in the concept paper. These include: Tuesday, February 18, 2020, from 4 – 6 p.m. CST – The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, in partnership with Self-Advocates of Indiana and The Arc of Indiana, are hosting Self-Advocate and Family Feedback Sessions in Gary, Ind. at Indiana University Northwest located at 3400 Broadway, Hawthorn Hall, Rooms 410 and 416. The session will include an overview of the concept paper and opportunity for discussion and feedback. Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 10 a.m. – Noon EST – The DDRS Advisory Council will be holding their monthly meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. at Easter Seals Crossroads located at 4740 Kingsway Drive, Fifth Floor, Conference Rooms 1 & 2. Their meeting will include…

Indiana General Assembly Reaches Midpoint

In an especially crowded year for heathcare coverage and cost legislation, the 2020 Indiana General Assembly has now reached its halfway mark. In this period, known as crossover, bills that have successfully been voted through their chamber of origin will now move on to be heard, debated and potentially amended on the other side.
While only a portion of bills crossed over, it is important to note that language from failed bills may still find a home in the bills that made it to the second half of the legislative session. Below are a few important bills that were able to cross over; click on each to learn more and track it throughout the rest of the process:
Senate Bills SB 1: Tobacco and vaping smoking age.SB 4: All payer claims data base.SB 142: Medicaid reimbursement for schools.SB 184: Nonprofit agricultural organization coverage.SB 246: Mental health services.

Traveling by Air with Service Animals-Comments due April 5

On January 22, the Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule on traveling by air with service animals. As explained in the department's press release, and this news article, the proposed rule would, among other things: define a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability; no longer consider an emotional support animal to be a service animal; consider a psychiatric service animal to be a service animal and require the same training and treatment of psychiatric service animals as other service animals. Comments are due on or about April 5 and can be submitted here.