Family Voices Indiana is a family-led organization that provides information, education, training, outreach, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them.
More time to provide comments on the CMS Request for Information, “Coordinating Out-Of-State Medicaid Services for Children with Medically Complex Conditions” – due Wednesday, JUNE 3. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to re-open the comment period on the Request for Information that it originally issued in January.
There is a lot going on that can affect our mental health. Equally, there are a lot of ways to help cope and manage stress during these difficult times. We want Hoosiers to know that whatever they are feeling is valid, and there is hope. From those practicing social distancing, to parents navigating the pandemic with kids, to essential workers providing their services, we’re all in this together.
At BeWellIndiana.org, Hoosiers can learn tips to help them work through mental health challenges with children or teens, as well as seek support for themselves. Sometimes folks are so busy taking care of others, they forget to take care of themselves. We want to encourage everyone to check in with loved ones and their own mental health regularly. Mental Health Tips for All
Now it’s easier than ever to connect with Be Well Indiana! We recently launched a new Facebook page that serves as a social media go-to for updates, announcements, tips and more. We encourage you to follow, like a…
Additional assistance arriving soon for Hoosier families whose children receive free and reduced-cost meals at school, via the “Pandemic EBT” program
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced today that families whose children receive free or reduced-cost meals at school will receive “Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer” benefits beginning this week. These benefits are intended to reimburse the families of about 600,000 Hoosier children for the cost of meals that their children were unable to receive due to COVID-19-related school closures.
Families who do not currently receive SNAP will receive an electronic benefits transfer card in the mail by the end of May, along with instructions on how to activate and use their card. Families do not have to apply for Pandemic EBT, also called “P-EBT.” The P-EBT card works like a bank debit card and can be used at any store in the United States that accepts SNAP, but cannot be used for cash withdrawals at AT…
Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to meet next week in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS—The next meeting of the Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, beginning at 9 a.m. (EDT).
The meeting will be livestreamed to the public and it will be a virtual meeting for the Task Force Members. The link to the livestream is: https://indiana.adobeconnect.com/taskforce1102. There will be an American Sign Language interpreter on the livestream.
For more information, visit: www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/5455.htm.
The task force was originally established by House Enrolled Act 1102 in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly and is chaired by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. Meetings were held around the state in 2018 for the purpose of gathering input and preparing a comprehensive plan for implementation of community-based ser…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued another round of waivers and rule changes meant to deliver expanded levels of care through the public health emergency. These changes include new provisions to increase access to COVID-19 diagnostic testing and to decrease limitations on telehealth services.
Access to COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing
Medicare will no longer require an order from the treating physician or other practitioner for beneficiaries to get COVID-19 tests and certain laboratory tests required as part of a COVID-19 diagnosis. During the Public Health Emergency, COVID-19 tests may be covered when ordered by any healthcare professional authorized to do so under state law.
Pharmacists can work with a physician or other practitioner to provide assessment and specimen collection services, and the physician or other practitioner can bill Medicare for the services. Pharmacists also can perform certain COVID-19 tests if they are enrolled in Medicare as a laboratory, …