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Indiana SNAP recipients will begin receiving maximum benefit amounts next week

FSSA News Release

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced today that more than 152,000 Indiana households will receive additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits when April distributions begin this Sunday. The additional funds are intended to help Hoosiers obtain food and support for their families while Indiana responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act gives states the option to provide SNAP households with the maximum SNAP allotment, which is based on household size. SNAP households which are not currently receiving the maximum allotment will receive additional benefits which bring their allotment amount to the maximum. Households already receiving the maximum benefit will not receive additional benefits.    Maximum amounts per household size are as follows: Number in SNAP household Maximum benefit 1 $194 2 $355 3 $509 4 $646 5 $768 6 $921 7 $1,018 8 $1,164 Each additional person Add…

Planning for the Future

What If I Get Sick...Where Do I Start?
One way we can help manage life’s unknowns is to prepare by talking openly about what matters to us and what we’d want most if we became seriously ill with COVID-19.
Explore this site: The Conversation Projectconversation starter kits.
Conversations about things we can’t control can actually help to give us a sense of control. We may not be able to predict every choice we’ll have to make, but we can give those we love the guiding principles to confidently make decisions for us. If we don’t say it, they won’t know. Who Speaks For Me If I Can’t Speak? Pick Your Person And Make It Official

A Plan for Self-Care: Day by Day

Families and caregivers of children with special health care needs have been part of making MANY plans—IEP, 504, treatment, plan of care, etc.
Now it is time for YOU to make a plan for your own SELF CARE! This may feel awkward or cheesy—but lean into it. Pandemics make us stretch and grow in new ways—and putting that oxygen mask on first every day is more important than ever. Explore the links below for ideas. Make it unique to you, of course, but take some time to create it—it’s worth the investment. Make a self-care planCook your way out of stress- quarantine baking and cookingLaugh and find hope by watching some good news

IEP Meetings & Paper Trails during COVID-19 School Closure

Coronavirus FAQs: Can IEP Meetings Be Postponed Until Schools Re-Open? “Are school districts required to hold annual IEPs, triennials, and initial IEPs meetings with schools closed? Can IEP meetings be postponed until schools re-open?”
In March 2020, COVID-19 forced States to close K-12 schools. These schools are unlikely to re-open for several months, leading to questions about how to proceed. School administrators considered how to deal with timelines for IEP meetings. The idea of postponing IEP meetings until schools re-opened was floated.
Should schools postpone IEP meetings until after schools re-open? Let's think about this question. How would postponing IEP meetings actually work? Who will benefit from a decision to postpone IEP meetings? Who will be harmed?
For answers to these and other questions, read Coronavirus FAQs: Can IEP Meetings Be Postponed Until Schools Re-Open? Protect Your Child's Interests: Create a Paper Trail

Update on Medicaid policy changes re: COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, some policy and program changes have been made to help ensure members in our managed care programs (Healthy Indiana Plan, Hoosier Care Connect, Hoosier Healthwise) as well as our Traditional Medicaid members are able to maintain continuous coverage in this critical time. Member Eligibility Member health coverage will not be terminated during the public health emergency. Member coverage will only end if a member voluntarily withdraws or moves out of the state. This applies to all full coverage Indiana Health Coverage Programs. It does NOT apply to presumptive eligibility.  Presumptively eligible members must still complete a full IHCP application. This decision was implemented after letters were sent to members whose coverage was set to close on March 31.  Those closures will not take place, and new letters will be sent. Cost Sharing All cost sharing is suspended for the duration of the public health emergency. Members who typically h…