The Idaho Health Care Plan (IHCP) is a unique and innovative approach to extending opportunities for affordable health insurance coverage to some Idahoans in the health insurance gap, and to provide Medicaid coverage for Idahoans with certain diagnoses. IHCP requires two State Innovation Waivers, a Medicaid waiver under §1115 of the Social Security Act, and a waiver under §1332 of the Affordable Care Act. The §1115 Waiver would allow Idaho to extend Medicaid coverage to people who have certain conditions which result in very high medical costs. Removing these people from the Idaho health insurance exchange and transferring their coverage … Continue reading The Idaho Health Care Plan Using State Innovation Waivers to Increase Access to Health Care
DisAbility Rights Idaho is Idaho’s Protection and Advocacy System for people with disabilities. We provide advocacy, legal assistance and public policy analysis on behalf of Idahoans with disabilities. We recognize that this waiver, in conjunction with a proposed §1332 Affordable Care Act, State Innovation Waiver, seeks to provide health care coverage for about 35,000 Idahoans who are currently without coverage, and to provide Medicaid eligibility for Idahoans with certain diagnoses. We support the waiver application as a significant first step in shrinking the coverage gap and providing an appropriate range of long term services and supports for some Idahoans with … Continue reading Comments on Idaho State Innovation Medicaid Waiver (§1115) Application for People with Complex Medical Needs.
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February 16, 2018 Last day to pre-register to vote for the March 13 election. March 2, 2018 Last day for an application for a mail-in absentee ballot to be received by the County Clerk for the March 13 election. March 9, 2018 Last day for in-person absentee voting and for early voting for the March 13 election. March 13, 2018. Election 8:00am to 8:00pm (*) At clerks option, polling places may be opened at 7:00am. Absentee ballots must be submitted to the County Clerk’s Elections office by 8:00pm. April 20, 2018 Last day to pre-register to vote for the May … Continue reading 2018 Idaho Election Calendar
DisAbility Rights Idaho, Comments on proposal for the Partnerships for Innovation, Inclusion and Independence (PIII) The PIII proposal is one of those concepts that seems like a good idea to people in Washington D.C. examining the various laws and grants, but is obviously a very bad idea to people with disabilities in the states where the councils actually do their work. I do not believe that there is any way to combine the three councils without diminishing their effectiveness. I do not believe that a single council can have effective representation from all of the affected constituencies. Combining the Councils … Continue reading Combining the SILC, the DD Council & TBI Programs into a Single Council is a Bad Idea
The Consortium for Idahoans with Disabilities (CID) is collecting information regarding issues that people with disabilities (and/or parents of children with disabilities) may be experiencing with non-emergency medical transportation being provided by the new managed care organization Veyo. CID is sharing these concerns with the Department of Health and Welfare, legislators, and VEYO in an effort to determine what problems may exist and how to provide immediate solutions. Idaho Parents Unlimited (IPUL) is hosting a form on their website for you to share your story, as well as to be contacted for more information. Please click here to go to … Continue reading If You Are Having Problems with Veyo – CID Wants to Hear About It.
Comments of DisAbility Rights Idaho on Medicaid Supported Living Rates for People with Developmental Disabilities. Rate setting assumptions and base wage rate. The rates appear to be based on an assumption that the appropriate average wage for all of the levels of support should be $10.47/hr. This is based on the mean wage for personal care aide in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Occupation Code 39-9021, Personal Care Aide. We think this assumption is flawed and that it will lead to undesirable consequences. Although direct support staff for all levels of support may share the same job title, the … Continue reading Medicaid Supported Living Rates for People with DD
Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offers services and programs especially designed for transition-age students (between 15-21 years old and attending high school or post-secondary education) with disabilities. Click on the links below for more information. IDVR Pre-Employment Transition Services – idvr-pre-employment-transition-services-10-2016 PREP Academy 2017 – A summer transition program for students with disabilities interested in attending college. Students participate in a five day, five night on-campus college experience. idvr-bsu-prep-academy-2017 The McCall Outdoor Science School Program – Five day residence camp to learn scientific and ecological principles and job skills that lead to successful employment. idvr-mccall-outdoor-program-10-2016
Disability Rights Idaho received congratulations from the National Disability Rights Network in obtaining a strong opinion and court order from a U.S. District Court requiring the Ada County Coroner’s office to release records to the P&A as part of an investigation into a suicide death at a psychiatric hospital. To read the complete account of the case, please click here Coroner lawsuit
Idaho’s Office of Performance Evaluation (OPE) just released its report on the Idaho Medicaid managed care contract with Optum Idaho, the Idaho Behavioral Health Plan. (to view full report click here). The report examines some important issues and makes some worthwhile points, but it completely fails to answer the questions that are most important to Idahoans with mental illness and their families. We were hoping that the report would focus on access to treatment and impact on the lives of Idahoans with mental illness, but these outcomes were not addressed. However, if you read carefully, the report contains some serious … Continue reading OPE Evaluated the Optum Medicaid Behavioral Health Contract, but Not the Outcomes for People with Mental Illness