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Heel Dragging: Time For FSSA To Put Disability Money On The Table

FssaFort Wayne Journal Gazette to Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Mitch Roob: Pay up, dude.

"No taxpayer should object to measures designed to ensure public dollars are spent wisely. All taxpayers should object, however, to measures that serve only to stymie delivery of services to Hoosiers with disabilities.

"That is what appears to have been implemented by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration in the distribution of $2.5 million to the state's seven independent living centers.

"FSSA Secretary Mitch Roob told The Journal Gazette's Niki Kelly that additional dollars allocated by the Indiana General Assembly last spring call for a higher level of review than the agencies are accustomed to meeting.

"But David Nelson, executive director of the League for the Blind and Disabled, suggests that the agencies have worked in good faith to meet ever-changing demands from the state and, at times, have worked just to get a response from FSSA.

"What's behind the six-month stalemate is unclear, but one result is certain: The loss of services to people who depend on them. And the services aren’' mere conveniences; they are programs that help Hoosiers with disabilities, some of them seniors, stay in their own homes instead of in hospitals or nursing homes.

"'This is taking services away from people with serious disabilities,' Nelson said. 'They are the big losers here.'"

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And the services aren’' mere conveniences; they are programs that help Hoosiers with disabilities, some of them seniors, stay in their own homes instead of in hospitals or nursing homes.

Stay in their own homes instead of in hospitals or nursing homes? It would stand to reason that it would cost less to the Indiana taxpayers to provide the services in the home instead of in a facility. Not in all cases but if they don't need 24 hour supervision then why waste tax monies?

Of course you are right, but it is cheaper to not distribute the money at all. The problem is that people who need such services are somewhat invisible. Not that heartlessness is the only factor at play, but unless a person is personally touched by an issue like this, he/she just doesn't see it as a priority. Like, why, after 11+ hours, is this only the second comment on this topic?

Not that it matters to anyone, but the privatization of Medicaid Disability will effectively prevent people from applying for it. The State is tap dancing so badly about this at present, that no one will realize what is happening until a couple of years from now. There is no way for people to apply for Medicaid Disability in the online program that is being implimented. The State has said that "The Doctors will do it"....Yeah Right...when the contract with IBM was in the works, Mitch decided to deny as many people as he could, to get them off the "Rolls"...so every one appealed. Meanwhile, people who appealed are being given 1 year coverage and then will have to resubmit medical information, or their medical information is coming due. No one can do all the medical reports prior to the Phase Two rollout, to start Januay 28th. So all those pending Medical reports will come due a year and a couple of months from now. There are no procedures in place to aquire the needed medical information to continue the medicaid coverage for thousands of disabled Hoosiers.

How very typical of this administration. Hoarding and redistributing money using faulty systems. Blame it on computers and programmers. Just wait. Mitch will wash his hands like Pontius Pilate when the angry citizens start making demands.

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