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Elizabeth Chatterton

Elizabeth Chatterton is the Inbound Marketing Specialist at MediSked. She is an avid writer and a social media enthusiast.
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Let's Focus On the Good Things Happening in Ohio

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

There are a lot of sad things happening in our world at the moment, but there are some positives too - and we wanted to offer a big congratulations to our friends in Ohio who have just won federal approval to give more than 36,000 people with disabilities in their state more choices for community-based services.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services signed off on Ohio's preliminary plan, which was initially submitted in March.

This approval made Ohio the third state (after Tennessee and Kentucky) to meet the new federal requirements designed to move people with disabilities away from the more institutional-based services and toward truly community-based options. 

Ohio is ahead of the game,as they faced a 2019 deadline to implement the new rules. If they hadn't they could have faced the loss of federal funding, which covers 60% of all funds spent on programs for the disabled and seniors.

While this is a big step in the right direction, the true test comes once all of the changes are implemented and we can determine how many opportunities individuals really have to be involved in their communities. Some are concerned that changes are more focused on the settings where the services are delivered than they are on acheiving the best outcomes - and it's a valid concern. 

Yet, progress is progress and its something to be celebrated for sure! So, kudos to Ohio on their approval - and being ahead of the game! 

Just keep in mind, the entire country is watching. 

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Tags: 2016

The Roadmap to Self-Direction: Exploring Your Options, Creating Opportunities - Happening This Saturday!

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 @ 09:52 AM

New York is interested in helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families live more independently - and this weekend there's a conference happening to highlight the State's efforts and educate people on the possibilities, so that anyone who wants to can make it happen. 

The name of the conference is "The Roadmap to Self-Direction: Exploring Your Options, Creating Opportunities" and it's all about Self-Direction, the model of care that gives participants the decision-making authority and allows them to manage their own supports and services with help where needed.

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Tags: Self Direction

Better Late than Never? New Jersey Doing An Amazing Thing - That Should Have Been Done Forever Ago

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Tue, May 31, 2016 @ 09:17 AM

New Jersey is in the process of moving new legislation forward - and it's one of those things that makes so much sense you have to wonder why it's just happening now. Why wouldn't it have been this way all along?

The legislation is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and would require the state to provide clear information to families and individuals with developmental disabilities that explains all available state and federal services and how to access them. The bill, just approved by the Senate by a vote of 40-0, heads to the Assembly for consideration next.

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Tags: ID/DD News

What's the Right Way to Transition to Managed Care?

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 09:19 AM

New York (where MediSked is headquartered) is the eighth state to transition to a managed care model and while we're excited and confident that it will work well, save money, and provide better supports and care for all enrolled - it seems that many families are freaking out. 

I came across this article titled, State moves to address concerns over managed care switch for developmentally disabled, on and I was honestly a bit surprised to see despite efforts from the state and OPWDD to keep everyone calm and address potential anxieties, parents are really worried that the systems their children are currently in could come apart at the seams.

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Tags: Managed Care