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HHS Secretary Becerra Announces Reduced Costs and Expanded Access Available for Marketplace Health Coverage Under the American Rescue Plan

     Thursday, April 1, 2021 HHS Secretary Becerra Announces Reduced Costs and Expanded Access Available for Marketplace Health Coverage Under the American Rescue Plan   An average of three out of five eligible uninsured Americans can access $0 plans after advance payments of tax credits and an average of four out of five current HealthCare.gov consumers will be able to find a plan for $10 or less per month after advance payments of tax credits     Department also announces $50 Million Boost to Special Enrollment Period Outreach Campaign Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra announced that additional savings and lower health care costs are available for consumers on HealthCare.gov. The American Rescue Plan (ARP) has increased tax credits available to consumers, helping to reduce premiums and giving consumers access to affordable health care coverage. The Department also announced an additional $50 million in advertising to bolster the Specia

Finding A Support Network: Child Neurology Foundation's Peer Support Program

From the Child Neurology Foundation Newsletter 3.23.21 At Child Neurology Foundation, we strongly believe that families and caregivers must be supported for children living with a neurologic condition to be able to thrive. That's why we established our  Peer Support Program : to directly deliver resources and tools that empower parents and caregivers to live healthier lives. Peer Support is a form of emotional and practical help from somebody who has lived through a similar experience and who is trained to offer support. We have two peer support specialists on hand and ready to answer your questions, help you find the resources you need, and most importantly listen to you.  How do you get in touch with our peer support team? Head over to the peer support page  on our website , fill out a quick form, and a peer support team specialist will get back to you within 48 hours to help. Anyone can participate in our peer support program at any time, free of cost and with total confidential

Siblings and Severe Childhood Epilepsy: The Impact of Seizures on the Family’s Mental Health

  From Cure Epilepsy Tuesday, April 13, 2021 3:00 pm CST Register The mental health impact on siblings of children with epilepsy can be enormous and often overlooked. The Siblings Voices Study was created to help families understand more about the impact of having a brother or sister with severe epilepsy and how these siblings adapt. This free webinar  will discuss some of the key research findings of the Siblings Voices Survey, including some strategies to help improve the mental well-being and social development of siblings and resources that are available for families. REGISTER

Autism Awareness Month: You Are Not Alone

My son, Joshua, received his diagnosis of autism at the tender age of 2 years old. In retrospect, my husband and I can look back and see that there were red flags present, even when Joshua was an infant. The first thing we noticed was that Joshua was never interested in eye contact or looking at people's faces. It seemed that he was always looking past or through us. Neither my husband nor I said anything to each other at that point in time, but we couldn't help but notice it and think about what it may have meant. Over the months that followed, we slowly started to see the pieces of the puzzle come into focus. We were finally able to start putting the pieces together- bit by bit. Joshua had the benefit of beginning state early intervention services before his first birthday. Through the recommendations of our First Steps therapists and our pediatrician, we were able to get Joshua in to see a developmental pediatrician for further evaluation. Navigating through the evaluation a

CNF Wants to Hear About Your Experience

  2021 is the year of the reset at Child Neurology Foundation, as we both celebrate our 20th anniversary and look ahead to setting our focus for the next 20 years. And we want YOU to be part of that! If you care for a child or youth living with a neurologic condition, as a parent, caregiver or as a neurologist who directly serves children, we want to hear from you about your needs. Sharing your feedback and experience will help us set our priorities and ensure that we best serve you, our community, in the years to come. And as a small thank you, this year at the end of each short survey (10-15 minutes to complete) you can provide your name and email to be entered in a drawing for a gift card. Better yet, each time someone completes the survey and mentions you as the referral, you're entered again. In short, the more you share, the better your chances of winning a gift card. The survey closes April 23, 2021 so please take it now! Take The Survey for Parents & Caregivers Take The

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Art Exhibition accepting submissions

The annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Art Exhibition is currently accepting submissions. This year’s theme is “Self-Care in Difficult Times” and youth who submit art projects depicting this are eligible to win a cash award of up to $2,000. The exhibition is open to all Indiana youth that are middle school age, high school age or fall into the transitional category (post high school up to 24 years old). April 30, 2021 is the submission deadline. The submission form and additional information is available  by clicking here.

FVI's Telehealth Training-$60 Stipend to First 20 Family Registrants

Have you signed up for Family Voices Indiana's telehealth training yet? https://tinyurl.com/t5yhb7av We still have a few stipends available! Attend the training, complete our survey after the training, and we will mail a $60 check to you.

Comment Sought: Draft Bill Requires Medicaid Coverage of Home and Community Based Services

  The Senate is accepting comment until  April 26  on a discussion draft of the Home and Community Based Services Access Act, which would  require the Medicaid program to cover home and community based services  (PDF). Comments should be sent to  HCBScomments@aging.senate.gov . Read a related  commentary  from the National Health Law Program.