Public Comments in Support of Creating Medicaid Waiver Priority Status for Military Families

The Arc of Indiana is a state-wide organization that advocates on issues important to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD).  It is our mission to help people with disabilities realize their goals of living, learning, working and fully participating in the community.  The Arc of Indiana has 43 local chapters throughout the state representing 58 counties and over 27,000 individual members. The Arc was established in 1956 by parents of children with I/DD who joined together to build a better and more accepting world for their children. Today, the combined strength of local Arcs, state Arcs and The Arc of the United States makes The Arc the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

We appreciate the opportunity to provide comments regarding amending the Family Supports Medicaid Waiver to add a priority category for children of active or veteran members of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard, as required by House Enrolled Act 1296.

The Arc of Indiana fully supports the amendment which will allow eligible individuals of military families to have immediate access to the waiver.

Veterans and active duty military families who serve our country are often faced with multiple moves from state-to-state.  For those families who have a child with an intellectual or developmental disability it is very difficult to have consistency in services as each state’s Medicaid and Medicaid Waiver program, including waiting lists for programs, varies. Families may very well never receive services as they may find themselves perpetually on waiting lists as they move from state to state.

Granting eligible children of military families immediate access to the waiver will provide them with critically needed services and supports, as well as much needed relief to families who may be experiencing the additional stresses of military life. This change will also help in meeting Indiana’s goal to attract veterans to move to Indiana.

Members of the military and veterans give and have given so much to serve and protect us. This amendment to the waiver is one small way to offer support to their loved ones with disabilities and those who care for them.