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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs. This funding will help state Medicaid programs jump-start efforts to transition individuals with disabilities and older adults from institutions and nursing facilities to home and community-based settings of their choosing.Today’s action delivers on the Administration’s commitment to transform Medicaid by fostering increased state flexibility and innovation and to ensure safety and quality for beneficiaries.“The tragic devastation wrought by the Coronavirus on nursing home residents exposes America’s over-reliance on institutional long-term care facilities,” said Administrator Seema Verma. “Residential care will always be an essential part of the care continuum, but our goal must always be to give residents options that help keep our loved ones in their own homes and co…
Both houses of Congress are back in session after their August break, but have made no progress on another pandemic-relief bill. As of this writing, it seems unlikely, but not impossible, that a bill will be passed before the election. In other news… Medicaid Regulations: The administration -- (1) will withdraw the proposed “Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation” that would have restricted states’ ability to fund their share of their Medicaid programs; (2) issued a proposed “Good Guidance” rule that, in effect, could rescind many federal policies governing state Medicaid programs. Vaccines: HHS announced that it would permit pharmacists to order and administer routine childhood immunizations to children ages 3-18; preliminary plans for the allocation and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine have been released. The Census Bureau released data showing the largest annual increase in the number of uninsured children in more than a decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC…
The Taskforce on Telehealth Policy (TTP) has released a report discussing utilization of telehealth services during the pandemic. The TTP performed its analysis by breaking itself into three subgroups: Patient Safety and Program Integrity; Data Flow, Care Coordination and Quality Measurement; and Effect on Total Cost of Care. The TTP subgroups reached consensus that a clear signal should be sent to policymakers that telehealth is a widely accepted, valued and expected care delivery option. They further found broad support that telehealth is the natural evolution of health care into the digital age, not another type of care or new benefit. The TTP also concluded that new technologies provide tools to address concerns about program integrity, care coordination and quality, and that new data generated during the pandemic challenges previous assumptions about increased costs. Full Report & Overview Webinar From Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Newsletter 9.17.20
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers that offer free meal- breakfast and lunch- to all students regardless of their current eligibility. The USDA is reimbursing school corporations nationwide for all meals served from July 30 to as late as December 31, as long as funding remains. This unprecedented move will help ensure - no matter the situation - children will have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA Press Release From Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Newsletter 9.17.20
On National Voter Registration Day, we want to share The Arc of Indiana's 2020 Election Guide, which includes information from the candidatesforpresident and governorofIndiana, and information about congressional candidates.It also provides important information on registering to vote, voter id requirements, absentee voting and accessibility for voters with disabilities.The Election Guide is posted on their website - The ArcofIndiana 2020 Election Guide.
Most toddlers and preschoolers exhibit some ADHD-like signs — becoming easily distracted, talking and moving nonstop — as part of their normal and healthy development. These neurotypical behaviors are difficult to distinguish from the patterns associated with ADHD at such a young age. As a result, many parents take the approach of waiting for behaviors to improve — but waiting too long can cause serious problems for children who do have ADHD.Register Now to Reserve Your Spot & Get Replay Access » From ADDitude. Find more information at www.additudemag.com
The Indiana Immunization Coalition is offering free mobile vaccine clinics throughout Indiana. They will offer all vaccines to anyone over two years old. Vaccination clinics will start October 1, 2020. Request a Mobile Vaccination Clinic