Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Newsletter   
December 7, 2023
AARP Indiana Recognized by the Indiana Public Health Association with Public Health Impact Award 

The Indiana Public Health Association (IPHA) recognized AARP Indiana with the Public Health Impact award at its annual gathering and celebration November 30. Ambre Marr, State Legislative Director for AARP Indiana, accepted the award and is pictured here.

The award was presented by Susan Jo Thomas, executive director of Covering Kids & Families of Indiana.

Nominees for the award can include community-based organizations, corporations, elected officials, healthcare organizations, and more who exhibit “exceptional partnership with and support for public health efforts in Indiana,” Thomas said.
Coverage of Health Related Social Needs (HRSN) by Medicaid and CHIP

Health-related social needs (HRSN) are an individual’s unmet, adverse social conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes. These needs can drive lapses in coverage and access to care, higher downstream medical costs, worse health outcomes, and perpetuation of health inequities, particularly for children and adults at risk for poor health outcomes, and individuals in historically underserved communities. By addressing HRSN, state Medicaid agencies can help their enrollees stay connected to coverage and access needed health care services.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) supports states in addressing HRSN through coverage of clinically appropriate and evidence-based HRSN interventions, care delivery transformations including improvements in data sharing, and performance measurement to create accountability for HRSN screening and connecting to needed supports as part of successful care management.
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Improving Data Sharing Across SNAP and Medicaid Agencies: Key Factors for Success During Unwinding and Beyond

Improved data sharing and use of available policy levers could benefit both individuals served as well as Medicaid agencies and SNAP by simplifying enrollment and administrative processes. By using SNAP data for Medicaid enrollment, Medicaid programs can enable more efficient enrollment.
This webinar explored successful practices for data coordination between SNAP and Medicaid agencies gleaned from a 50-state survey and three state case studies. 
Expanding the Menu: Opportunities for Medicaid to Better Address Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is on the rise across the U.S., and low-income, marginalized communities are most at risk.

The federal government is calling on Medicaid agencies to play a role in addressing individuals’ health-related social needs, including food insecurity, in addition to continuing to leverage existing federal food support programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Save the Date for the 2024 Indiana School Health Network Conference
Call for Exhibitors for the 2024 ISHN Conference!
The Indiana School Health Network (ISHN) is inviting you to the 16th Annual School Health Network Conference as an Exhibitor. The ISHN conference is attended by over 500 school professionals, including educators, school nurses, social workers, school administrators, public health nurses, managed care professionals, federally qualified health center and school based health center leadership, providers and school health experts from across the region. Exhibitors provide attendees with valuable information and resources, and have the opportunity to collaborate with conference attendees.
Reserve your booth now-- space is limited!
Free COVID Tests Headed to Schools
As the winter months approach, it is expected that COVID activity will peak. Schools can now order free rapid COVID-19 tests from the federal government. Letters were sent from the U.S. Department of Education urging school districts to order the tests and share them with students, staff, family members and others in the community. Each school will have a point of contact to determine the need, order the tests, and organize distribution.
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CHIP Premiums

In Indiana, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is known as Hoosier Healthwise package C. Children in package C normally pay a premium but have not done so since 2020. It is expected that premiums will be reinstated sometime in 2024. Also starting January 1, 2024, all states must begin offering 12 months continuous coverage for children including those in package C. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) stated that families who miss premium payments should not lose their children’s coverage however states may require a first month’s premium for enrollment. Stayed tuned for information on how Indiana will implement this new federal policy.
Medicaid Transportation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided guidance earlier this year on Medicaid transportation policies. Indiana Family to Family shared two important highlights:
  • The cost of transportation for the person accompanying a child needing EPSDT (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment) services should be covered. This may also include out-of-state trips.
  • If a child is receiving residential or facility-based care and the presence of a parent, family member or other caregiver is necessary for treatment or intervention, the transportation for that person should be covered.
Marketplace Updates

Open enrollment ends January 16, 2024 but December 15th is the deadline to enroll for coverage starting January 1st. So far, nearly 4.6 million people have selected a plan during this open enrollment season including almost 68,000 Hoosiers. Fact Sheet – CMS Open Enrollment Snapshot 11/21/23
Out2Enroll released their 2024 Indiana Transgender Health Insurance Guide that shares Marketplace insurers’ gender affirming care coverage.
Warming Centers

When bad weather strikes, Hoosiers can call 2-1-1 to find warming center locations and hours. 2-1-1 is asking community organizations to inform them of known warming centers and to share handouts and social media content to help inform the public.
Military Family Relief Fund

Veterans meeting income and other guidelines may be eligible for the 2023 Operational Holiday Program. This program is designed to assist veterans and their families experiencing financial hardship. It offers $200 for holiday meals and $300 per dependent child.
Trauma-Informed Care

Have you heard the term “trauma-informed care” and want to learn more? The Center for Health Care Strategies with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center with many resources including how to access your organizational capacity for this work.
Engaging Communities

It is important, but can be challenging, to include the lived experiences of communities in health care including Medicaid. The Center for Health Care Strategies offers a Community Member Engagement Resource Center with issue briefs, tools, podcasts, blogs, webinars, profiles of lived experiences and much more.
Total Membership decreased in October 2023.

With 2,066,626 members, there were 14,299, or ​-0.69%, fewer members in October 2023 than in September 2023.
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