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Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council Seeking New Members – Apply by July 22

Information courtesy of The Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC)

The Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC) is seeking new members. INSILC is responsible for the development of the State Plan for Independent Living, and for monitoring, reviewing, and evaluating the implementation of the State Plan. People with disabilities interested in advocating for Independent Living are invited to apply for membership.  For more information and to apply for membership, visit https://www.insilc.org/about-insilc. Applications are due by July 22.

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Indiana Medicare Recipients to Get New Cards after June 2018 – Beware of Medicare card scams!

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) are removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards. New cards will be mailed out in phases based on geographic location, with Indiana residents getting their cards some time after June 2018.  The new cards are intended to help prevent fraud and identify theft, but criminals are using the changeover to try new scams. According to a report by AARP, scammers pretending to be with CMS are calling seniors to ask for processing fees to pay for the new card, for banking information, or for Social Security numbers.

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What’s New for ABLE Accounts? Major changes for savings accounts for people with disabilities

Information courtesy of the Office of the Indiana Treasurer of State, the Social Security Administration

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts allow people with disabilities to save for their future and pay for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their access to public benefits. You can open the account for yourself, or an authorized individual can open one on your behalf, if you were diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26, and are either receiving or currently eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits.

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Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) Renewed Through 2020

Information courtesy of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) through at the year 2020. While the core elements of HIP will stay the same, Indiana will be offering several enhancements to the program to help streamline services and address the state’s most pressing health needs.

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Fifth Freedom Wishes a Happy Retirement to Assistant Director Betty Beck

Fifth Freedom would like to bid a fond farewell to our longtime Assistant Director, Betty Beck. Her dedication and warm, sociable nature made her a valuable advocate and much loved figure in Indiana’s disability community. After more than fifteen years with Fifth Freedom, she is enjoying a well deserved retirement.

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