Wednesday Webinar – April 29, 10 am

Please register for Weekly Webinar – Advocating for Your Children in Uncertain Times, presented by Lynn Betts, Family Trainer for the Family Resource Center on Disabilities on Apr 29, 2020 10:00 AM CDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4131909028201042956

Join us to learn about Effective Parent Communication and Record Keeping during this challenging time.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Wednesday Webinar – May 6, 10 am

Please register for Weekly Webinar – Discussion on the Economic Impact Payment and Other Recent Tax Relief Provisions for Individuals on May 6, 2020 10:00 AM CDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2751063161557399051

The presenter for this webinar is Sergio Guzman, Senior Tax Consultant for the IRS.

About the presenter:  I am currently detailed to my division headquarters as a Senior Tax Analyst. My usual day job is as a Senior Tax Consultant in the IRS Stakeholder, Partnership, Education and Communication division (SPEC). My responsibilities include establishing contacts and partnerships with a diverse group of community based organizations that serve low income and Limited English Proficiency taxpayers. Our division also has oversight responsibilities for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. I am the national president of the Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees (HIRE) organization. HIRE is an IRS Hispanic employee organization with a mission to help the professional development of Hispanic IRS employees and the community at large. I am a finance committee member at El Hogar Del Nino, a child care agency in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Follow up from this week’s webinar.  Thanks to William Richard from IATP.  Here is his document.

SSI – Stimulus’ Checks Recommended Action:

It has been recommended that if you or a family member receiving SSI receives a stimulus check, you should report it to SSI with a copy of the check or proof of direct deposit (bank statement) with a note stating: name and ss# received a stimulus check. It doesn’t count as income for SSI the month it was received and will not count as an asset for 12 months if it is reported to SSI.  It is recommended that you have proof of sending it:  certified, fax result sheet, signature required, tracking # – some way that you can prove you did this.  (To avoid future potential over-payments)

Reminder: If a SSI recipient receives a $1200 stimulus check:  it will not count as income for that month and it will not count as an asset for 12 months.  Letting them know you received it, ensures there is less confusion.

Official Guidance from IL DHS re: Presumptive Eligibility for Medicaid – NOT YET FOR AABD

Due to the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, effective immediately adults are eligible for Presumptive Eligibility (PE) for Medicaid. This will ensure eligible adults receive medical care during the case determination process.  Here is a notice from DHS about Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility (PE): http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=123679.  Medicaid PE is full Medicaid benefits and it does not end when COVIID-19 ends. The state has to review each Medicaid application and decide whether the person(s) should continue to have Medicaid or not. Until the state reviews the Medicaid application and makes a determination, the person(s) has Medicaid PE and can access healthcare through Medicaid.

Please also note that as of right now, this Medicaid PE does not apply to the AABD population (Seniors and Persons with Disabilities). HFS, the state Medicaid agency, has put in a Waiver to federal CMS to allow IL Medicaid to also have Medicaid PE for the AABD population. 

Action Alert

Next week, the federal government is expected to announce how it will spend the remainder of emergency funds Congress appropriated last month through the CARES Act. So far, none of that funding has reached Medicaid-funded providers of disability services. Take two minutes today to ask Congress to step up to its oversight role for this funding.

The Ask: Tell Congress today using our action tool that it must pressure the Administration to designate emergency health funding to go to Medicaid-funded disability supports. Make sure your elected officials know that it is unacceptable that these critical supports and the vulnerable communities they serve keep being overlooked.

The Details: As part of the CARES Act, Congress created the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, which included $100 billion to help frontline health workers and social services address the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for distributing the money in the Emergency Fund and immediately gave $30 billion to Medicare providers in the first tranche of funding. More recently, HHS announced it was allocating:

  • An additional $20 billion for Medicare providers.
  • $10 billion for hospitals in severely impacted areas.
  • $10 billion for hospitals in rural areas.
  • $10 billion to assist the uninsured.
  • $400 million for the Indian Health Service.

That leaves just under $20 billion in the Emergency Fund that has not yet been distributed. Congress must use this week to insist that when HHS distributes the remaining funding, it is specifically designated for providers of Medicaid-funded disability supports.

Please continue the strong advocacy you have engaged in so far and speak up on behalf of Medicaid disability supports today!