INARF members have the opportunity to provide critical feedback to the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) as the draft the re-write of the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waiver.
Specifically, the Division is asking stakeholders to review the currently approved CIH Waiver Amendment and offer public comment on needed changes or modifications. INARF is in the process of drafting comments on behalf of the Association and will share those once finalized. Comments should be submitted to DDRSpolicies@fssa.IN.gov by May 25, 2014.
The next Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) Provider meeting has been scheduled for Monday, May 12, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST). Providers are welcome to attend in person at the Indiana Government Center South Auditorium, or via webinar. The agenda and instructions for accessing the webinar will be sent in advance of the meeting date.
Late last week, the Office of Medicaid Policy & Planning held a briefing on its plans to develop and launch a Coordinated Care Pilot Program for certain individuals within the Aged, Blind, and Disabled Medicaid eligibility category. The pilot's design was informed by the research conducted in response to House Enrolled Act 1328.
The pilot will include an estimated 75,000 individuals with disabilities, including individuals currently enrolled in Care Select. Excluded populations include:
>Individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
>Individuals receiving institutional care (e.g. nursing facilities, ICFs/IDD)
>Individuals receiving HCBS waiver services
A Request for Information was released on April 16 seeking feedback from prospective vendors, as to ways to refine the proposed model. Responses to the RFI are due by May 1st and a subsequent Request for Proposals is anticipated by May 15th. OMPP anticipates selecting a vendor by this Fall and beginning the pilot on January 1st.
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The National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME) named John Hill as its Executive Director, effective April 1, 2014. Hill was one of NAME's founding members and has been working for the benefit of persons with disabilities for 40 years. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Director of Policy, Planning and Program Development with the Division of Disability & Rehabilitative Services in Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration (DDRS). Hill was recently honored with INARF's 2014 Career Recognition Award. Click here to read the full article...