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noplacelikehome



Joined: 22 Oct 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 6:52 pm    Post subject: Write to CMS! Reply with quote

An advocate has highly recommended that everyone who is concerned about what's happening to the Medicaid waivers contact the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The State had to apply to CMS for approval of the changes (still pending), and we need to let CMS know how the changes are going to affect the people we care about.

PLEASE write, email, fax, or call Leslie Campbell, who is the CMS financial liason for Indiana, and tell her your concerns!

Leslie Campbell
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 600
Chicago, IL, 60601
(312) 353-1557
(312)353-3866 (fax)
LCampbell@cms.hhs.gov
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noplacelikehome



Joined: 22 Oct 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heard that CMS has some concerns about the Annual Plan. *Please* write to Leslie Campbell at CMS and let her know what your concerns are and what effect the Annual Plan has had on your family member or clients.
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Nancy Swaim



Joined: 26 Oct 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:06 am    Post subject: Write to CMS Reply with quote

It is important to communicate. When you write to CMS, send a copy to the Governor and to Secretary Roob. It is important that decision makers have an opportunity to learn from everyone. Unfortunately the information given to these decision makers was and is one-sided. Our social services agenda is as important as the agenda for commerce, but we need to communicate ideas not only nag about what is wrong with the present.

Ideas like self-directed or family-directed care are good ones. However no entity will champion these ideas without some organization behind. Think about the proposal about developing an organization for families and people with disabilities.

Knowledge is power. Such a group could even help the decision makers be more powerful through educating them about making the community work for People with Disabilities. A parent group in Eastern Indiana is talking about building homes for their sons and daughters to own in trust. This is another form that self-directed care could take.

But, for heaven's sake, write to someone!!!!!!!!!
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