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Policies To Enhance Care Of Out-Of-State Pediatric Medicaid Beneficiaries

From Health Affairs Blog 10.6.20 In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted several policies to facilitate beneficiary access to care during this public health emergency. As the pandemic continues, attention is increasingly turning to extending these policies or making them permanent. Of these temporary actions, one of the most important for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been allowing states to waive various requirements for provider screenings. Federal law requires that before a provider is able to bill Medicaid, they must be screened by the state Medicaid program and subsequently enrolled in the program as a billing provider. These requirements are designed to prevent fraud, assure program integrity, and establish some of the rules of the road between providers and state programs, and the Medicare program imposes similar requirements.  As a result, most p

National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020

Over the weekend, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 was  signed into law . The bill, which formally establishes 988 as the three digit code for emergency mental health services, will allow people in emotional or mental distress to speak with a trained professional quickly, instead of using 1-800-873-8255, a number that people often cannot remember during a crisis.

5-Year State Virtual Town Halls Hosted by the Governor's Council For People With Disabilities

Now that the Council's 5-year State Plan Survey has come to an end, it's time for the next step: virtual town halls to get more information about individual and community concerns that may not fit easily into a survey format. We especially want to hear from people with developmental disabilities, people with nondevelopmental disabilities, and family members of people with disabilities, developmental or non. We'll be hosting these Town Halls with the partnership of Health by Design; Causes for Change and VOCARTNWI; INSILC; accessABILITY Center for Independent Living; ADA Indiana and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community; Back Home in Indiana Community Alliance; and Family Voices Indiana. If you have any questions or need assistance in registering for one of the sessions, please email  council@gcpd.in.gov . There will be 8 meetings total; if one is full or if it doesn't work with your schedule, there are others! Meetings will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Supporting Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs During COVID-19

In a new webinar on Tuesday, October 27 at 3:00PM ET, Manatt Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Voices and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families will explore how child advocates and families can work with state Medicaid agencies to enforce coverage requirements and make permanent the temporary regulatory flexibilities that have expanded access to services during the pandemic. Register Here

IRS Issues Final Rules For ABLE Accounts

Federal officials are firming up rules for a relatively new type of account that allows people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits. The Internal Revenue Service issued  final regulations  this month spelling out details about how ABLE accounts should operate. The accounts, which were established by the  2014 ABLE Act , allow individuals with disabilities to accrue up to $100,000 without risking eligibility for Social Security and other government benefits. Medicaid can be retained no matter how much money is saved in the accounts. The rules released this month stem from when the accounts were originally created as well as tweaks to the law that came in  2017 tax-cut legislation . Many of the changes have already been in effect, but the IRS said the final regulations clarify specifics and address comments the agency received in response to previous proposals about how the law would be applied. Annual deposits to ABLE accounts are capped at the

State COVID Testing Sites Week of 10/20 - 10/24

Listed below are ISDH Testing Sites for the week of October 20th - October 24th. Each site runs from 9:00am - 6:00pm (EST) Lake County Health Department 2900 W 93rd Ave, Crown Point, IN 46307 Grant County Fairgrounds 1403 IN-18, Marion, IN 46592 First Assembly of God 2601 27th St, Bedford, IN 47421 Lincolnland Economic Development Corp. 2792 N US-231, Rockport, IN 47635