OCTOBER 3, 1997 ................................................................................. NUMBER 62
CHILD HEALTH INSURANCE HAPPENING IN YOUR STATE?
Beginning October 1, 1997, several states have begun to implement the new State Child Heath Insurance Program (CHIP). This program allocates federal funds to states to provide health insurance for uninsured children in working families. The current budget bill allocates $24 billion to child health over five years with $4 billion of this for increased Medicaid spending on several groups of children.
The Health Care Finance Administration administer the program, also known as Title 21 of the Social Security Act, and has put this on a fast track for implementation. It requires that state plans to be submitted by June 30th in order to be funded in this fiscal year (beginning in October). A 90-day review cycle of these plans by the Federal government has been mandated, however review procedures of state plans have not been announced.
Parents need to be aware of what their individual states are planning, and who is the point of contact - as it varies from state to state. Definitions and standards of care needed to be worked out for such areas as well-baby care and well-child care and what constitutes comprehensive coverage?
A survey of 30 states by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) found several trends in states beginning to appear:
Note: The CDF survey covered states that have 84% of the uninsured children in the country. Check the NPND Website (http://www.npnd.org) for a more details.
CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (CHIP) FY98 ALLOCATIONS AND STATE MATCH
|STATE||No. of Low-Income Chldren (000)||Maximum Required Fed Dollars/Allocation||State Match for Maximum Fed Allocation|
|DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA||16||$12,079,106||$3,210,902|
|WEST VIRGINIA||45||$23,612,812||$5 ,35,100|
|N. MARIANA ISLANDS||$117,563|
Please consult the NPND Website for a complete table of numbers.
CONGRESS AT A GLANCE
THANK'S MR. GOODLING!
SPECIAL REPORT RELEASED
The National Council on Disability released "Removing Barriers to Work: Action proposals for the 105th Congress and Beyond." The report focuses on the barriers to employment encountered by individuals with disabilities and ways to eliminate or reduce those barriers.
For a copy call (202) 272-2004 or (202) 272-2074 (TTY).
The September 17th Federal Register (48924) gives the following dates, times, and locations of the public meetings designed to obtain public comment on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement the statutory requirements of the IDEA Amendments of 1997.
Boston-----------------Oct 23rd (2:00-7:00 PM)
Atlanta-----------------Oct 28th (2:00-7:00 PM)
Dallas-------------------Oct 28th (2:00-7:00 PM)
Washington, DC-------Nov 4th (1:00-5:00 PM)
Denver------------------Nov 18th (2:00-7:00 PM)
San Francisco-----------Nov 21st (2:00-7:00 PM)
Chicago------------------Nov 24th (2:00-7:00 PM)
For additional information on the meetings, call Laura Black Price at (202) 205-8969 or look for additional information on the NPND website.
Editor's Note: Watch the Friday Fax and the NPND web site for information regarding NPND's response from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services clarifying the IDEA Amendments of 1997 as they pertain to the application of the Free and Appropriate Education provisions for students who have been suspended from school for 10 days or less.
Do you know who is on your state Implementation Committee? Now is the time to begin the dialogue with them regarding how your state will respond to the regulations.
MATERIALS AVAILABLE FOR ETHNIC GROUPS
Ethnic minorities tend to be under represented among the recipients of community services and supports for individuals with disabilities and their families. To help address this issue the Institute on Community Integration and Research and Training Center on Residential Services in Community Living at the University of Minnesota have developed a program, " Parent Case Management for People of Color." Through training, support, and technical assistance this program empowers parents and guardians of person of color with developmental disabilities to take a leadership role in the identification and management of services that their children receive.
Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, it is a collaborative effort with Hennepin County, local leaders of the African-American and Native American communities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the National Parent Network on Disabilities. The NPND Cultural Diversity Committee provided review and comment on materials for this project. NPND is involved in the dissemination of manuals, materials, and related trainings to Parent Projects in communities of color. For further information contact Marijo McBride, Institute on Community Integration (UAP), University of Minnesota, 103 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, (612) 624-6830 or fax at (612) 624-9344. NPND's website also has a link to the Institute.
TIME FOR THE COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN
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