HSD - Medicaid Information

Friends,

 

The Human Services Department (HSD) recently released its draft plan to renew the state’s Medicaid waiver (aka Centennial Care 2.0). The plan includes some alarming changes to Medicaid that will harm patients:

 

·         Charging new monthly fees with premiums and co-pays for children, the working disabled, and other low-income adults whose income is above the poverty level, that will cause thousands of people to lose coverage;

·         Ending retroactive coverage protection that pays for the past medical bills that a person had in the three months before applying for Medicaid;

·         Checking income every quarter or six months, resulting in coverage loss for people with fluctuating incomes, such as seasonal and part-time workers;

·         Ending a “transitional Medicaid” program that will result in coverage loss for our lowest income families, penalizing them for entering a new job or accepting a raise; and

·         Reducing benefits for very low-income adults with dependent children and giving the HSD secretary broad authority to cut more benefits in the future.

HSD is holding hearings to get feedback on these changes. We need to pack these hearings! Please save the date of these hearing dates/times below and plan to attend at least one and provide comment. Please also share this with your networks, asking them to do the same.

 

HSD Public Hearings

June 14th – Albuquerque – 3:30-5pm – CNM Workforce Training Center (5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113)

June 19th - Silver City - 4:00 – 6:00 pm - WNMU – GRC Auditorium (1000 W. College Ave., Silver City, NM 88061)

June 21st – Farmington - 4:30 – 6:30 pm - Bonnie Dallas Senior Center (109 E. La Plata St., Farmington, NM 87401)

June 26th – Roswell - 4:30 – 6:30 pm - Roswell Public Library (301 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Roswell, NM 88201)

 

Tribal Consultation Hearing

June 23rd – Albuquerque - 9:00am – noon - Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104)

 

We will send more talking points later this week regarding HSD’s plan. Should you have questions in the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Abuko D. Estrada

Staff Attorney

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty

505.255.2840

www.nmpovertylaw.org

Corrales Soccer Club - "TOPSoccer" program

Corrales Soccer Club is going to be putting on a “Top Soccer” program for kids with disabilities. It’s a fall and spring program, just like all the other soccer programs in town.  

They have 2 weekly practice options – you can go to one or both, on Wednesday night and/or on Sunday afternoon. 

Registration link: http://www.corralessoccerclub.org/registration.php  If you register by July 14, it’s $80 for both fall and spring season.

They do have scholarship options available for families who need help with the registration fee.

DDPC's Center for Self Advocacy's Summer Fun Series, Leadership Academy and Upcoming Conference

My name is Daniel Ekman, Program Manager for the Center for Self Advocacy Program of the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. I want to promote two exciting opportunities that are coming up for DDPC’s Center for Self Advocacy.

 

  1. For two weeks, June 5 and June 12, DDPC’s Self Advocacy is having its Summer Fun Series from 1:15-2:45 pm. The Summer Fun Series is a great way to meet other advocates and use art as a tool of self-discovery. This year, picture collages and stamping are the projects. There will also be a Hawaiian theme. The classes will be held at the DDPC Office at:

 

625 Silver Avenue SW, Suite 100

Albuquerque, NM 87102

 

For more information, see the attached flyer. To reserve a spot for the Summer Fun Series, call Justin Moore at505-841-4519 and mention the Summer Fun Series.

 

 

  1. Through June 19, DDPC/CSA is accepting applications for the Advocate Leadership Academy. The Academy will run three hours a week on Mondays, 14 sessions starting August 14. A learning process includes each advocate leader being connected with a DDPC/CSA team leader, completing an individual self-assessment, developing a goal, and actively participating in the Academy activities. This program provides hands-on leadership training and is ideal for New Mexicans interested in advocating, leading, or improving disability systems. Print out the attached application and follow instructions, complete them and return to DDPC by June 19, 5 pm.

 

  1. On June 16-17, the 2017 Summit on Advocacy will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque at 330 Tijeras Av. NW. The registration deadline is May 30. A flyer on the conference is attached. To register and view a tentative agenda, go to https://www.arcnm.org/2017-statewide-self-advocacy-summit/  

 

Sincerely,

Daniel Ekman

Program Manager

DDPC Center for Self Advocacy Program