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Exceptional Circumstances SEP

From Covering Kids & Families of Indiana
Consumers who previously qualified for a Marketplace Special Enrollment Period (SEP) but missed the deadline because they were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) to see if they are eligible for an exceptional circumstances SEP.Learn More

Quick Tips from "Health Reform: Beyond the Basics" on SEP Rules

"We've just posted a new resource of COVID-19 quick tips for calculating income and a few key special enrollment period (SEP) rules to watch out for. This compiles some of the key information from our two recent webinars."
Quick Tips Final 7.1 by Family Voices Indiana on Scribd
Health Reform: Beyond the Basics is a project of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities designed to provide training and resources that explain health coverage available through Medicaid, CHIP, and the Marketplace, and is intended for those working on the implementation of health reform. 

Indiana 211 now integrated with FSSA to better connect Hoosiers with services

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Indiana’s statewide community resource referral agency, Indiana 211, is now part of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. The change, which was part of Gov. Holcomb’s 2020 Next Level agenda and unanimously approved by the Indiana General Assembly during its 2020 session, will make it easier for Hoosiers to navigate the significant amount of state and community services available to support their overall health and well-being.“By connecting the resources of FSSA with the versatility of Indiana 211, we can offer Hoosiers great government service,” Gov. Holcomb said. “We will connect them with what they need, when they need it with this 24 hours a day, seven days a week hotline.”Indiana 211 is a free service that connects Hoosiers with assistance and answers from thousands of health and human service resources – quickly, easily and confidentially.Indiana 211 and FSSA will be able to more efficiently aid Hoosiers in need by providing a o…

Special Education Director Erika Dilosa Appointed to State Board of Education

From The Arc of Indiana
"The Arc of Indiana is pleased to share that Governor Holcomb has appointed Erika Dilosa to the Indiana State Board of Education. Dilosa, a former special education teacher, is the director of special education for 21st Century Charter School at Gary and Gary Middle College East and West. She and her husband are parents of six children, one of whom is on the Autism spectrum. She will serve a four year term.The Arc of Indiana worked tirelessly in the 2020 session of the Indiana General Assembly to change Indiana law to require that an individual who is a special education teacher or director be appointed to the State Board of Education. This provision was included in Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 346.Dilosa’s appointment to the board is an important step in ensuring there is a voice on the State Board of Education for students receiving special education services, their parents, and special education teachers.In addition, Daniel McNulty, state director of the PA…

Division of Family Resources offices open once again to serve Hoosiers

From FSSA's News Release
FSSA continues to encourage online and telephone services for fastest and safest serviceINDIANAPOLIS – This week the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has reopened its local Division of Family Resources offices in all 92 counties for Hoosiers preferring in-person service. The offices had been closed to the public since March 20 in an effort to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). FSSA had been processing an increased amount of applications for food and cash assistance and health coverage virtually and continues to strongly encourage Hoosiers to apply for these benefits or check the status of their application or case either online at www.fssabenefits.in.gov or over the phone by calling 800-403-0864.DFR staff are required to wear face coverings and take other protective measures for themselves and the public, and is encouraging all visitors to wear masks while inside or around others. Face coverings will be required wherever…

What Is Health Care Transition?

Health care transition, or HCT, is the process of getting your youth ready for health care as an adult.

During childhood, you usually help with health and health care needs—calling to set up appointments, filling out forms, and keeping track of medications. As your youth gets older, managing those needs becomes their own responsibility. Achieving this independence requires an organized transition process for them to gain independent health care skills, prepare for an adult model of care, and transfer to new clinicians.
Got Transition has revamped its website, www.GotTransition.org, to offer an interactive experience to clinicians, youth/young adults, parent/caregivers, and researchers/ policymakers. The revamped site includes new toolkits, Six Core Elements samples, online quizzes, one-pagers, and other HCT-related resources and information.

See www.GotTransition.org for tools, resources, and Frequently Asked Questions to help guide your child's transition to adult-centered healt…

Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Gets Hoosiers Covered

Since 1999, Covering Kids & Families of Indiana (CKF-IN) has been helping Hoosiers get and keep healthcare coverage. Our certified Indiana Navigators are a free, expert resource for Hoosiers exploring health insurance options for themselves and their families. CKF Navigators guide, assist and support consumers through the application to coverage process.
Over the years, Covering Kids & Families expanded our presence and efforts as the need for help in understanding healthcare coverage continued to grow.  New options such as the Healthy Indiana Plan and the Healthcare.gov Marketplace have allowed more Hoosiers to be covered than ever before. CKF-IN and our partners are proud to have been instrumental in addressing the uninsured rates and are committed to continuing this progress.  
Now, with hundreds of thousands across Indiana experiencing unemployment and the loss of healthcare coverage through their employer, CKF-IN is here to help our Hoosier neighbors through this unprecede…

If You Are Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Caring for Young Children: Protect yourself and your family from COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made changes to guidance on the risk of COVID to pregnant women.  In a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published last week, the CDC indicated that pregnant women may be at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness.  More specifically, the MMWR study determined that pregnant women with COVID-19 were more likely than non-pregnant women to be hospitalized and at increased risk for intensive care unit (ICU) admission and the receipt of mechanical ventilation.  In its public-facing guidance, CDC notes that among pregnant people with COVID-19 “there may be an increased risk of adverse pregnant outcomes, such as preterm birth.”In light of these new findings, the CDC is recommending that pregnant women be counseled about the potential risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and measures to prevent infection. Additionally, potential barriers to adherence to these measures should be addressed. Per CDC, specific actions pregnant wo…