The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the February 2015 monthly report on state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility and enrollment data. The data includes the number of applications submitted, the number of eligibility determinations made by each state, and total current enrollment in state Medicaid and CHIP programs, as reported by state Medicaid and CHIP agencies. Since October 2013, Medicaid and CHIP enrollment has increased by 11.7 million. Click here
to view the report.
Family Network on Disabilities
Every now and then we like to bring your attention to exceptional organizations. The Family Network on Disabilities (FND) is a network of individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens. The mission of FND is to strive for the complete integration and equality of persons with disabilities in a society without barriers and to serve families of children with disabilities. To find out more about this organization, visit their website by clicking here
TOOLBOX: Improving Clinical Preventive Services for Women With Disabilities
The Maternal and Child Health Journal published findings of a search for tools to improve use of clinical preventive services among women with disabilities. As a result of the search, the CDC and the Association of maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) developed TOOLBOX: Improving the Receipt of Clinical Preventive Services among Women with Disabilities
. This toolbox can be used by health professionals to facilitate and deliver clinical preventive services among the more than 28 million women of childbearing age and beyond living with disabilities.
Student Use of Service Animal Updated Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Justice finalized regulations promulgated under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding the use of service animals in governmental settings, including public schools. The updated guidelines and template for the Florida Department of Education's school district policy on the use of service animals by students with disabilities is available by clicking here
Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition
Got Transition has created a new set of clinical resources that define the basic components of health care transition support with linked sample tools for primary and specialty practices serving youth and young adults between the ages of 12-26. Aligning payment with these recommended transition services is a critical step for ensuring that all young and young adults effectively transition from pediatric to adult health care. Click here to access the resource sheet.
Well Visit Planner Tool
The Well Visit Planner
is an online tool created by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative
to help families prepare for their children's upcoming well-child visits to the health care provider. The planner takes 10-15 minutes to fill out before each visit and can be printed and taken to a visit to help parents discuss their child's health with doctors. It is free to sue and available in English and Spanish.
HHS Guidance on Coverage of Preventive Services
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) along with the Labor and Treasure Departments issued some guidance on what preventive services qualified health plans are required to cover. Download the guide here
Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Health Care
We recommend that you check out the health care transition resource Florida Health and Transition Services (FloridaHATS) if you haven't looked at it recently. Their mission is to ensure successful transition from pediatric to adult health care for all youth and young adults in Florida, including those with disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special health care needs. We recommend that you take a look at their site by clicking here.
PTSD Awareness Month
The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is helping to educate people about PTSD and effective treatments during June, which is PTSD awareness month. Find out where to get help for PTSD.
Hurricane Season Has Started
Are you Prepared?
Hurricane season can be a very stressful time for all Floridians. Be prepared by visiting the Hurricane Resource Center. Also check out the Hurricane and Severe Weather Information page for Hurricane Information Fact Sheets and Emergency Preparedness Guides. Click here for more.
FDDC Annual Report
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) has released their 2014 Annual Report outlining their goals and accomplishments in the past year. Their mission is to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with Developmental Disabilities. Click here
to access the report.
Florida Promises Help for Persons Affected by Waitlist Data Breach
Free credit reports and a year of free credit monitoring services are being offered to individuals in the state of Florida whose names, dates of birth, and social security numbers were accidentally released. 13,000 people on the 2003 wait list for developmental disability home and community based services were potentially affected by this recent data breach. If you or someone you know was on that wait list, please read the press release from the Florida Department of State by clicking here
. Credit for the information goes to Disability Rights Florida.
Briefs and Tip Sheets
Person-Centered Planning Brief
Last week, Justice in Aging released a new issue brief, A Right to Person-Centered Planning. The brief analyzes how well states are implementing a 2014 rule that creates the right to epson-centered care planning for Medicaid consumers of long-term services and supports. The brief can be used as a tool for health care providers, plan administrators, and advocates to help them understand the rule and its scope. Click here
to access the brief.
Tips for Coding and Reimbursement for Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care
To support the delivery of recommended health care transition services in pediatric and adult primary care and specialty care settings, Got Transition and the American Academy of Pediatrics partnered to develop a transition payment tip sheet. Read the tip sheet by clicking here.
Brief on Health Insurance Literacy
Credit to the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) for bringing this to our attention. Enroll America has released a resource on health insurance literacy. The brief is entitled "A Framework on Health Insurance Literacy for the Outreach and Enrollment Community" and it explains the importance of health insurance literacy and the lack of it among consumers. To read a news item on this brief which includes a link to download a copy, click here
Medicaid Benefit Design Brief
The Commonwealth Fund has issued a report on Medicaid benefit design which looks at benefit designs in states that have expanded Medicaid. To read a news item on this brief which includes a link to download a copy, click here
. Thank you again to the NDNRC.
Requirements for Essential Health Benefits and Prescription Drug Fact Sheets
Again, credit to the NDNRC for bringing this resource to our attention. The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) has published two fact sheets aimed at explaining some of the requirements for the essential health benefits (EHBs) and prescription drugs. To read a news item which includes a link to download copies of the fact sheets, click here
2016 Planning Survey
Disability Rights Florida, Florida's statewide protection and advocacy system and client assistance program, is developing its goals and objectives for the upcoming 2016 fiscal year. Help them identify what disabilities issues you find most important by answering this survey
Looking for Outreach Partners?
The NDNRC has funded eleven Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs) for the second year of enrollment. The COCs will increase collaborations in the community, dissemination and outreach efforts and enrollment of people with disabilities in the ACA. To find a COC, click here
2015 Six Month Survey
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) has developed a brief survey to find out how many individuals participated in or benefitted from events and publications sponsored by the Council. Your answers will help us to improve our work. Please click here
to access and complete the survey.
Join the Movement! #PublicHealth4All
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has begun a movement called "Public Health is for Everyone." Did you know that 1 in 5 American adults has a disability? The movement is looking for you to share your story, through a written message, selfie or a photo of things you see in your community that relate to including people living with disabilities in public health efforts. You can email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet out using the hashtags #publichealth and #4all, or follow them on twitter @PHis4Everyone for updates.
Partners in Policymaking Class
Partners in Policymaking, affectionately known as "PIP" , has over 400 graduates in Florida who are continuously making a difference every day in our Florida counties. Their work in Polk county brought projects such as fine arts to underserved populations. Innovative efforts expanded employment opportunities in lee County by targeting the businesses in that community. PIP stands by the mission of the Council through advocacy for meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with Developmental Disabilities. PIP is expanding to include more family members with an intent to reach or increase participation. It's all about inclusion and diversity. Click here to view the flyer and PIP application. The deadline for applications has been extended to June 15, 2015.
Awards and Scholarships
Family-to-Family Health Received Grant Award- Congratulations!
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $5 million in new and continuing competitive grant awards to support Family-To-Family Health Information Centers, primarily non-profit organizations run by and for families with children and youth with special health care needs. Funding for the centers was extended through fiscal year 2017 by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Click here
for the full news release.