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Statement from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act in California v. Texas

  “Millions of Americans can breathe a sigh of relief following today’s Supreme Court 7-2 ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. This victory assures access to affordable and comprehensive health insurance for patients and families across the country. “From my early career on the House Ways and Means Committee, I worked on this life-saving law. And later in a leadership post at CMS, I worked to implement the ACA – and the results are clear. Tens of millions of Americans can no longer be discriminated against due to pre-existing conditions like cancer, asthma, or diabetes. Thanks to the ACA, millions of people have access to preventative health care at no cost and Medicare prescription drug coverage was made more affordable by closing the gaps in coverage.  Through the ACA, and hand-in-hand with CMS, dozens of states have expanded Medicaid – bringing quality coverage to our family and neighbors who need it most. We will continue to partner with states because we know 4 million more A

Sexual Violence and Disability Recording Available

The Bureau of Quality Improvement Services is committed to supporting our provider network in working toward a true person-centered system. As part of that commitment, BQIS is partnering with its quality vendor, Liberty of Indiana, to offer training and technical assistance focused on addressing needs identified through the quality on-site provider review process and through analysis of various monitoring processes. To that end, the Bureau of Quality Improvement Services partnered with the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking to offer a web-based learning opportunity about sexual violence and disability on June 3, 2021. Webinar participants learned more about: Sexual assault and violence Confidentiality and reporting How to support someone who has disclosed information to you Resources available to survivors. A recording of that training is now available  here . As a reminder, BQIS has a playlist of videos that might be of interest to providers, individuals, fa

Five-Year State Plan Draft for Public Comment

From the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities   Every five years, the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is required by federal law to develop a five-year strategic plan, outlining goals and objectives that will be implemented over the five-year period. With public input and guidance from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the state plan is developed in accordance with requirements of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act). The 2022 - 2026 State Plan covers the time period from October 1, 2021 (the beginning of the 2022 federal fiscal year), to September 30, 2026 (the end of the 2026 federal fiscal year). It addresses specific information required by the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and includes the Council's determination of areas of emphasis and resulting goals and objectives for the five-year time period. The Council must

New FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund to Help Schools and Libraries

This week the FCC  announced  the initial filing window for the  Emergency Connectivity Fund , a $7.17 billion program  that will help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period.       From June 29, 2021 to August 13, 2021, eligible schools and libraries can apply for financial support to purchase connected devices like laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity to meet unmet needs for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons during the COVID-19 emergency period.  During this application filing window, eligible schools and libraries, in addition to consortia of schools and libraries, can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.       You can view an FCC Fact Sheet on the program by visiting:  https://www.fcc.gov/sites/ default/files/ecf_factsheet. pdf     The FCC will

Webinar: LifeCourse Framework

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services is holding a webinar series providing information to aid in the development of meaningful outcomes by utilizing LifeCourse principles and tools. This training is open to individuals, families, case managers and waiver service providers. The webinars are held on the first three Friday mornings of each month from 10 a.m. EDT. Registrations require a commitment to attend all three sessions. Participation is limited to 50 registrants. Session descriptions: Session one - PCISP and the LifeCourse Framework 101. The session focuses on understanding the basics of the LifeCourse Framework and how it connects to meaningful Person-Centered Individualized Support Plans. Session two - Making it Person Centered. The session focuses on strategies and practices that can be used to ensure PCISPs are truly person-centered. Session three - Building on Strengths. The session focuses on tips and tools that can be used to identify strengths and use them as a

HHS Launches Vaccination Call Center

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) to connect callers to information about how to access the COVID-19 vaccine and related supports for people with disabilities. DIAL operators can answer questions about vaccination, directly connect callers to vaccine sites, provide help with making vaccination appointments, and make referrals to accessible transportation and other local and national disability resources to help overcome barriers to vaccination. In addition, DIAL can connect callers to information and services that promote independent living and address fundamental needs, such as food, housing, and transportation.   Learn more about DIAL at acl.gov/dial . The hotline is available from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET at 888-677-1199 or   DIAL@n4a.org . Separately, HHS announced a  payment increase for providers to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in people’s homes . This is part of an effort to bring the vaccine

Data to Help Advocate for Better Health Coverage for CYSHCN

  From  Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health The Catalyst Center's State Data Chartbook provides information on indicators of health coverage and health care financing for CYSHCN in every state and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The book includes data covering demographics, economics, child health services, insurance availability, and factors impacting coverage of CYSHCN. The data can be used to advocate for improved coverage.  Read more .

AWS Foundation Provides Funding for NE Indiana Residents to Attend Summer Transition Conference

Facing the Future Together July 21-23.  Indiana students and young adults with disabilities and their families will join teachers, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation counselors and disability service professionals this summer at   Facing the Future Together , a virtual, statewide transition conference.   Who is eligible for a discount.   Students or young adults with a disability or a family members supporting a student or young adult with a disability who reside in either  Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells or Whitley  counties, may be eligible to attend the virtual conference at no charge. AWS Foundation is providing a  limited number of scholarships  for conference registration. Scholarships are first come, first served, so it’s important to register early.  How it works.  Reach out to students and families in your area who you know may be interested in attending one, two, or all three days of the conference.  Tell them t

CSHCS & Religious Exemptions

  From  Covering Kids & Families of Indiana The Indiana Department of Health’s Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) program provides supplemental medical coverage to help families of children (birth – 21 years of age) who have serious chronic medical conditions. Families need to meet the program’s financial (income no greater than 250% federal poverty level) and medical criteria, in order for the program to help pay for treatment related to their child’s condition.  The program requires that all applicants make application for Medicaid. However, the program does allow exceptions for religious reasons. The required verification of religious exception is an approved copy of the IRS Form 4029. This form states that the applicant/guardian is exempted from paying Social Security and Medicare taxes due to their religious affiliation. If IRS Form 4029 is not attainable; the CSHCS program will accept a front and back copy of the most recently filed Federal Tax Form 1040, 1040A o

Facing the Future Together: July 21-23

  Conference Information and Registration This summer hundreds of transition students, young adults, families, teachers, VR staff, employment professionals, and disability services professionals will meet online at Facing the Future Together, July 21-23, Indiana's virtual, statewide transition conference. We’re looking forward to seeing you! During  Facing the Future Together , state and national speakers will engage with our audiences in panel discussions, workshops, and “aha!” presentations about: benefits, future planning, transition assessments and IEPs, jobs and career planning, postsecondary education, independent living, assistive technologies, and so much more. The conference, the first of its kind in 10 years, will be facilitated online by the  Center on Community Living and Careers  (CCLC) of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC). You’ll be able to connect with presenters using a special, interactive conference app that allows you to move around the con