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Leading scientific journal, American Scientist Magazine, publishes groundbreaking study by Crnic Institute, redefines Down syndrome as immune system disorder

A groundbreaking new study conducted by the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome shows definitively that Down syndrome can be categorized as an immune system disorder, based on analyses of thousands of proteins found in blood samples.

The renowned American Scientist Magazine is publishing the results in their January-February edition.

The study by the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus was also recently published in Nature’s sister journal, Scientific Reports, and was underwritten by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Led by renowned scientists Dr. Tom Blumenthal, director emeritus, and Dr. Joaquín Espinosa, executive director of the Crnic Institute, the research team looked at 4,000 proteins in the blood samples from hundreds of individuals with and without Down syndrome, the largest project of its kind.

The study builds upon earlier research published by the Crnic Institute showing that the interferon response is consistently activated in cells obtained from individuals with Down syndrome. This contrasts with the interferon response being activated only when fighting infection or a virus in the general population.

The findings provide an important clue as to why nearly 100 percent of people with Down syndrome get Alzheimer’s disease, why they are susceptible to autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes, and why they are protected from solid tumors such as breast and prostate cancer.

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Open-Enrollment Health Insurance is Here


Yesterday (November 1) was the first day of the “open enrollment” period to sign up for health insurance for 2018.  If you don’t get insurance through your job and need to get or renew coverage for next year, you can start shopping – and sign up for a coverage plan – now by going to (the state’s insurance marketplace website) (the federal website) to check out the insurance options available and sign up for coverage.  (See later in this email for other web addresses where you can find information and help with picking a plan and enrolling.)


Because of efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and steps taken by the Trump Administration to destabilize insurance markets and undermine the law, there’s been a lot of misinformation and confusion swirling around, so here are some things to keep in mind:


** The ACA has NOT been repealed.  You can still get insurance through the Marketplace, and financial help to pay monthly premiums is still available for most consumers.  Credits to help pay for premiums are available for people with incomes up to 400% of the federally-set poverty level.  That’s about $48,000 for a single person and $98,000 for a family of four.


** Many people can also get help paying for out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and deductibles. This help is available to people with incomes up to 250% of the poverty figure (about $30,000 for one person and $61,500 for a household of four). 

  • These are the “cost-sharing reductions” (CSRs) that have been in the news recently. Under the ACA, insurance companies are required to reduce the amount consumers in this group pay for out-of-pocket costs and the federal government is required to reimburse the companies for that expense.  President Trump has stopped the payments to insurance companies, but eligible consumers will still get the cost-sharing reductions.


** We’ve heard a lot about how premiums are going up, but most consumers won’t be charged those higher amounts because they get the federal credits to help with premiums. You may even be able to find insurance that costs less than you’re paying this year.  Many people will find plans with NO monthly premium payment.

  • Unfortunately, people whose income is too high to qualify for the premium credits aren’t protected and will have to pay the higher premiums that are caused in large part by the steps the Trump Administration is taking to try to undermine the ACA. 


** The open enrollment period for 2018 coverage is only half as long as last year’s and will end on December 15.  So don’t wait too long to go to to check out your options and sign up for a plan. 

  • The New Mexico insurance marketplace, BeWellNM, has scheduled enrollment events around the state to provide information and help people enroll in coverage.  BeWellNM also has in-person assistance centers where you can get information and assistance, and the website can link you to other groups that provide enrollment help.  Go for information on events and where to go to get assistance in person or by phone.
  • The New Mexico Insurance Superintendent has rolled out a new tool that allows you to compare the plans available to see which one is best for you – you can find it


And remember:  The ACA authorizes states to cover adults with incomes up to 138% of the poverty level (that’s around $16,600 for a single person and almost $34,000 for a family of four).  New Mexico has adopted that expansion and it’s still in place.  Enrollment in Medicaid is open year-round, not just during the open enrollment period.

DDW Unit Monthly Feedback - August

The DDW Unit will be hosting a monthly feedback forum to present and accept feedback on draft chapters of the DD Waiver Services Standards which are planned for reissue in January 2018.  Below is a list of chapters that will be reviewed.  These draft chapters have been posted on the ACT website.  Please go to to review these chapters.  There will be a limited amount of hard copies available at the meeting.  Please download the draft chapters to your mobile device or print copies, if possible.  The Feedback Forum will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Bank of the West, 5301 Central Ave, 17th floor conference room, Albuquerque, NM.  This meeting is intended to take place in person for most effective discussion but a Skype link is available for your convenience as well.



Meeting Date

Time am/pm sessions

Links to Draft Chapters for Review
(NOT based on final Chapter order)


9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Human Rights & Settings Requirements
Person Centered Planning
Individual Service Plan


1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

HealthCare Coordination



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Toll-free number: 8667575788, access code: 3791533675

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Conference ID: 3791533675 (same as access code above)



Electronic Submission of comments is available through August 30, 2017. Please go to the Draft Postings ( ) and click on the survey link to submit your comments.



Please contact Gayla Delgado, the Assistant DDW Program Manager at 476-8915 with any questions.