Coronavirus – Communications and Resources

Applied Self Direction Shares CMS Issued COVID-19 Health Care Providers Fact Sheet The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet. This fact sheet should prove helpful to our members as they navigate the challenges of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. One of the many challenges associated with this virus is that direct care may not be able to be provided as it normally is. Per this fact sheet, we encourage states to seek program flexibilities by submitting Section 1135 Waiver Requests. Section 1135 Waiver Requests can be submitted directly to Jackie Glaze, CMS Acting Director, Medicaid & CHIP Operations Group Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services by email (Jackie.Glaze@cms.hhs.gov) or letter. Neither a special form nor format are required for this request, although CMS-recommended best practices for developing Section 1135 Waiver Requests may be found here. We encourage our FMS and Stakeholder Members to consider the program flexibilities you require to ensure your clients receive needed services and to submit those as soon as possible to your State Medicaid contacts. You know your programs and clients best, but some ideas include: Waiving restrictions on certain family members providing direct care.Temporarily waiving certain background check requirements so workers can be approved to provide care more quickly.Waiving certain prior authorization requirements.Waiving certain individual budget amendment requirements.Waiving requirements for face-to-face meetings to be replaced by phone or videoconference meetings. CMS has also produced a helpful Disaster Response Toolkit. If you are having trouble contacting your State Medicaid representatives, please let us know and we will assist.   We are available to work with our State, FMS and Stakeholder...

FREE Trainings Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Labor ~ March 2020

Never Work Without a Net:  Safety Nets for Workers Who Get Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits A FREE Training Sponsored by the  Maryland Department of Labor 3 Options: Monday, March 16, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm WorkSource Montgomery American Job Center 11510 Georgia Ave., 3rd Floor Wheaton MD 20904 (301) 929-6880 OR Tuesday, March 24, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Anne Arundel County Career Center 613 Global Way Linthicum Heights MD 21090 (410) 424-3240 OR Monday, March 30, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Workforce and Technology Center 2301 Argonne Drive, Room T-130 Baltimore, MD 21218 (410) 554-9320 What is the greatest obstacle to employment for many people with disabilities?  Fear of losing essential benefits like Social Security Disability, SSI, Medicare and Medicaid. Luckily, these programs include safety nets called “work incentives” that provide layers of protection for benefits when people work.  Work incentives can: Enable people to keep cash and medical benefits when they work at certain earnings levelsKeep medical benefits if their cash benefits stop due to earningsRegain cash benefits if they have stopped due to work, but earnings have later dropped or stoppedSecure an additional medical benefit when workingEnsure that people who receive benefits are better off working People enrolled in the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waivers can even use one of the work incentives to keep their Waiver services if they exceed the usual income and resource limits for the Waiver. Training Objectives: Learn the basics of, and differences among, Social Security Disability, SSI, Medicare and MedicaidUnderstand how earnings affect Social Security Disability and SSIDiscover the work incentives in the Social Security Disability...
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