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Empower Care Act Would Extend Money Follows the Person for Five Years

Information courtesy of the Arc of Indiana, Medicaid.gov

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) program has helped over 75,000 people with chronic conditions and disabilities transition from nursing homes and institutions back into the community. MFP was designed to increase the use of home and community-based services and reduce the use of institutionally-based services. MFP expired in 2016. However, a bill has been introduced in Congress that would fund MFP for the next five years.

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Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act

Information courtesy of Hear Indiana, HealthyHearing.com, WebMD.com, and the Better Hearing Institute

A new bill in the House would add coverage for hearing aids to Medicare. A third of people age 65 to 74 have some level of hearing loss. Hearing aids can cost from $1,000 to $4,000 and more for a single device, and many users need a pair. In addition to making it easier to communicate, studies have shown the benefits of hearing aids to include reduced mental fatigue, decreased feelings of social isolation and depression, and improved memory.

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Speak out about public transportation in Indiana! Transportation needs survey

Information courtesy of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Office, and Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Office and Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority (CIRTA) want to hear from you about your transportation needs. Responses will be used to help update the Regional Public Transit–Human Services Transportation Plan. If you would like to help, and have eight minutes to spare, please complete the brief survey here.

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STOP Suicide Toolkits Provide Valuable Mental Health Information

Information courtesy of Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana and STOP Suicide Northeast Indiana

STOP Suicide Northeast Indiana and Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana have developed two toolkits to help people affected by suicide. The Finding Hope toolkit provides information on suicide prevention and coping after a suicide attempt. The Help & Hope toolkit provides supportive information to loved ones following a suicide loss.

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Parenting with a Disability Toolkit

Information courtesy of the National Council on Disability and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The National Council on Disability (NCD) and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation have released “Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit”. This toolkit provides a summary of disability laws that protect families’ rights. Learn about adoption, custody, visitation, family law, and the child welfare system.

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