Latest Issues

Notices of Cost Plan Reductions from APD

Notices of cost plan reductions from APD are now being received by many families and individuals served by The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) iBudget Medicaid Waiver program. These reductions are based on the implementation of the new algorithm used in the iBudget Waiver program.

If you receive a cost plan reduction, and we are hearing that the reductions coming in from using the algorithm are very harsh, then know that you do have options.

First, remember that your Waiver Support Coordinator is supposed to work for you! They have been given instructions by APD that if the individual cannot accept the cost plan reduction due to the implementation of the new algorithm, then they are to take steps to preserve your funding. If you do not require your current level of funding, you can accept the cost plan reduction. However, if you have a provider that is currently providing iBudget waiver services and you accept the reductions, you should notify them immediately. The provider may not be able to maintain your services if you accept the reduction.

Click Here to view the attached one pager, from APD, detailing how the system is supposed to work.

We have heard from some individuals that their Waiver Support Coordinator (WSC) has told them that there isn’t any use in trying to regain their funding. This is NOT true. If your WSC has told you this and they do not want to file the paperwork for an “AIM” meeting, you should call your regional office to complain and report them.

Your funding will not be reduced during the time that you are working with your Waiver Support Coordinator to preserve your cost plan funding.

In conclusion, APD is stating that the algorithm amount is just the first step in the process. If you need your funding, you will need to make certain that the follow up steps are taken to preserve your funding and services.

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Knowing Your Rights: The Civic Process

The Know Your Right to Vote Campaign has been about making sure the disability community knows the ins and outs of civic engagement, registering to vote, as well as actually voting. You probably already know that Election Day is next week, and we know that you are ready to cast your vote!  We have listed some very helpful resources below as you prepare for election day, because, everyone’s votes and voices matter!

As you Prepare…

As you prepare, take a look at these video resources by our friends over at Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).

Webinar Trainings on Voting

Videos on Voting Machines

Access The Vote Webinar

Finally, don’t forget to vote this year on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8!

The Know Your Right To Vote campaign is brought to you by Medisked.

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Get Real-time Help on Election Day: Use The Arc’s Voter Support Service

In 2012, one in five voters with disabilities experienced a barrier at the polls. To help resolve problems in real-time, The Arc is launching our new Voter Support Service! Working with Election Protection’s national support network, we are aiming to make it easier for people to report problems and get help as quickly as possible. This site is a simple, mobile-friendly way for people with disabilities to ensure that their vote counts. We need your help! This is a critical election; every vote counts! Check out vote.thearc.org and spread the word in your chapter and community. Before Election Day, we hope to have an app-store version ready to launch.

For more information, contact Kristen McKiernan, Senior Executive Officer, Communications at 202.534.3712, or Abe Rafi, Director, Digital and Online Services, 202.534.3729.

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