Medicaid Saves Lila

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This is my sweet girl, Lila. She’s active and intelligent. She loves to swing, eat blackberries, and paint. Don’t you dare turn your back on her because she’s mischievous too! She loves her friends, family, and kitty-cats. She is absolutely the most wonderful thing I’ve ever done with my life, and she just so happens to have Down Syndrome.

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She might smile a lot, but her life hasn’t been easy. Born almost a month early due to multiple complications, Lila spent some time in the NICU. She’s overcome multiple illnesses and surgeries, including open heart surgery soon after her first birthday and many others since. In fact, we have received 2 new diagnoses this year alone, and she’ll have at least one surgery.

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My husband and I are proud Arkansans. We’re educated, hard-working, tax-paying citizens. At the time of Lila’s birth, we lived in another state. Despite the fact that we both had good jobs and primary insurance coverage, we struggled to provide for her needs. When we moved back to Arkansas, Lila was significantly delayed in many areas.

IMG_6519 Our friends told us about TEFRA, a type of Medicaid funding that provides for disabled children and that requires the family to pay a premium. Our primary insurance pays first for all that it will cover, and Medicaid makes sure that Lila doesn’t go without the rest. We gladly pay a monthly fee for this essential assistance!

Lila now receives medical treatments that she needs from specialists and Occupational, Physical, and Speech therapy. She attends a school where she is loved and accepted, and they practice important skills in the classroom to prepare her for mainstream Kindergarten. Lila is constantly learning the necessary skills to be independent: speaking new words, learning to feed herself, to dress herself, and to climb stairs. One of my favorite moments was the first time I ever heard her say, “Ma Ma.” Can you imagine waiting 4 years to hear that?

IMG_2776We never expected to need Medicaid. Even though we’d paid taxes for years for Medicaid, we didn’t know that a person’s life can change drastically in a moment – a car accident, a stroke, a job loss, a cancer diagnosis, a chromosomal difference – to cause them to need Medicaid. We thought that if we worked hard enough, we could take care of ourselves and Lila. But no matter how hard we work or what we give up, we just can’t afford to provide for all of Lila’s needs. Now, because of Medicaid, Lila is thriving, and we’re not being crushed under the weight of Lila’s ever-growing medical debt. We have hope that she will continue to develop and someday be a valued, contributing member of society. We are incredibly thankful for Medicaid.

We tell everyone we can how essential Medicaid is! Lila has visited the Capitol and state lawmakers multiple times to represent herself and friends like her. Since she can’t speak much yet, my husband and I tell them how much Medicaid is literally saving lives. I can’t wait for the day that Lila will tell them herself. She brings a beauty and light to this dark world, and we will never stop fighting for her!

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Revised Senate health care bill: Where are we now?

A revision of the BCRA Senate Health Care   bill has been released, but what’s different? We have the one-stop-shop for understanding the bill for yourself.

Some reports say that they want to vote as early as Tuesday. Get to reading and then get to calling!

Every call matters. Here’s the number for Senators across the nation: 866-426-2631

Find your states US Representative & contact his/her office

Find your state’s US Senator & contact his/her office

Read the new revised bill to make sure you discover everything for yourself.
Check out these resources to guide you:
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What was the original bill?

Full text of the original bill. Click on the image below, and  use the resources above to help you.
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Senate Healthcare Bill Released

Updated: 7/9/17 4:08 pm

By now, you’ve probably seen more than 10 different news stories about the Senate healthcare bill. Maybe 10 per day! But what’s the truth? Will it really cut Medicaid? Will it really affect everyone? Well, the only way for you to know is for you to read it yourself. And we can help you.

You need to read, but also, don’t stop responding. The Senate wants to vote on this bill as soon as they can come to an agreement. They’re having many negotiations behind closed doors. Let your voice be heard through those doors! These are the Arkansas Senators to contact:
Sen. John Boozman (202) 224-4843
Sen. Tom Cotton (202) 224-2353

If you’re not from Arkansas, this info pertains to you as well. Every call matters. Here’s the number for Senators across the nation:  866-426-2631

Find your states US Representative & contact his/her office

Find your state’s US Senator & contact his/her office

Contact information for all of AR Congressmen.

What’s truly in the bill?

Make sure to read the bill to form your own educated opinions. Click on the image below to access the full text, and  use the resources above to help you.
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Regular Session Bills to Watch (AR 91st General Assembly)

The Regular Session of the 91st General Assembly began on Monday, January 9, 2017. Bill filing began on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, and the final deadline to file legislation was on Monday, March 6. The session ended on Monday, April 3, 2017. The amount of bills submitted that affect Medicaid may seem overwhelming, but this list will give you access to each bill’s history, actual language and details, as well as how your Legislators voted for these issues.


Passed

HB1706 | now Act 775 – TO CREATE THE MEDICAID PROVIDER-LED ORGANIZED CARE ACT; TO DESIGNATE THAT A RISK-BASED PROVIDER ORGANIZATION IS AN INSURANCE COMPANY FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES UNDER ARKANSAS LAW; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.

HB1901 | now Act 958 – TO CREATE THE VOLUNTEER HEALTH CARE ACT.

HB1283 | now Act 902 – AN ACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES – DIVISION OF AGING AND ADULT SERVICES APPROPRIATION FOR THE 2017-2018 FISCAL YEAR.

SB195 | now Act 835 – AN ACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES – DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SERVICES APPROPRIATION FOR THE 2017-2018 FISCAL YEAR.

HB1284 | now Act 852 – AN ACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES – MEDICAID EXPANSION PROGRAM APPROPRIATION FOR THE 2017-2018 FISCAL YEAR.

HB2177 | now Act 892 – TO CLARIFY THE PROPER ADMINISTRATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES OF THE FEDERAL REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO POST-ELIGIBILITY TREATMENT OF INCOME OF INSTITUTIONALIZED INDIVIDUALS OF LONG- TERM CARE MEDICAID.

HB1954 | now Act 802 – TO REQUIRE A PROGRAM SAVINGS PLAN FOR THE MEDICAID PROVIDER-LED ORGANIZED CARE SYSTEM.

SB564 | now Act 978 – TO CLARIFY THE SCOPE OF HEALTHCARE FRAUD; AND TO UPDATE THE MEDICAID FRAUD ACT AND THE MEDICAID FRAUD FALSE CLAIMS ACT.

HB1162 | now Act 141 – TO AMEND ARKANSAS TAX LAW CONCERNING INCOME TAX, SALES AND USE TAXES, AND THE SOFT DRINK TAX; AND TO SUPPLEMENT THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM TRUST FUND TO OFFSET DECREASED DEPOSITS FROM TAX REVENUES.

HB1033 | now Act 50 – TO AMEND INITIATED ACT 1 OF 2000, ALSO KNOWN AS THE TOBACCO SETTLEMENT PROCEEDS ACT, TO REDUCE THE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES WAITING LIST; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.

HB1025 | now Act 46 – TO AMEND THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM ACT TO ALLOW ACCESS TO THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM

SB81 | now Act 83 – AN ACT FOR THE OFFICE OF MEDICAID INSPECTOR GENERAL APPROPRIATION FOR THE 2017-2018 FISCAL YEAR.

HB1200 | now Act 120 – AN ACT FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES – REYNOLDS CENTER ON AGING, BOOZMAN COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH, ARK. BIOSCIENCES INSTITUTE, & THE AREA HEALTH ED. CENTER IN HELENA APPROPRIATION FOR THE 2017-2018 FISCAL YEAR.

SB146 | now Act 203 – TO AMEND THE LAWS CONCERNING TELEMEDICINE; AND TO CREATE THE TELEMEDICINE ACT.

HB1491 | now Act 230 – AN ACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES – DIVISION OF MEDICAL SERVICES GENERAL IMPROVEMENT APPROPRIATION.

HB1016 | now Act 517 – TO CONVERT THE HOSPITAL REIMBURSEMENT SYSTEMS UNDER THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM TO DIAGNOSIS-RELATED GROUP METHODOLOGY.

HB1919 | now Act 605 – TO CODIFY THE PROCESS FOR THE REVIEW OF RULES IMPACTING STATE MEDICAID COSTS; AND TO EXEMPT MEDICAL CODES FROM THE RULE-MAKING PROCESS AND LEGISLATIVE REVIEW AND APPROVAL.

HB1501 | now Act 591 – TO MODIFY AND REPEAL LANGUAGE REFERENCING THE SUPERSEDED ELDERCHOICES PROGRAM.

HB1626 | now Act 568 – TO AMEND THE PROHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES.

HB1264 | now Act 546 – TO PROVIDE FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR HEALTHCARE SERVICES PERFORMED BY A WALK-IN CLINIC OR EMERGENT CARE CLINIC WHEN THE PATIENT DOES NOT HAVE A PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER ASSIGNED.

SB206 | now Act 699 – TO AVOID UNNECESSARY EXPANSION IN MEDICAID COSTS AND SERVICES RELATED TO REHABILITATIVE SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS; AND TO CODIFY THE REHABILITATIVE SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS MORATORIUM.

HCR1012 | approved by Gov – TO ENCOURAGE THE GOVERNOR TO SUBMIT A STATE PLAN AMENDMENT TO THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO COVERAGE FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN FROM THE COMPACT OF FREE ASSOCIATION ISLANDS.

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HB1646 | now Act 745 – TO AMEND VARIOUS PROVISIONS OF THE ARKANSAS CODE CONCERNING PUBLIC EDUCATION.

SB196 | now Act 1045 – AN ACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES – DIVISION OF MEDICAL SERVICES APPROPRIATION FOR THE 2017-2018 FISCAL YEAR.

HB1183 | now Act 1092 – TO PROVIDE CONSISTENCY AND EFFICIENCY OF CHIROPRACTIC COVERAGE IN THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM; AND TO ALLOW MEDICAID RECIPIENTS DIRECT ACCESS TO A CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIAN WITHOUT REFERRAL FROM A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN.

 


Withdrawn

HB1803 | WITHDRAWN – TO CREATE THE MEDICAID PROVIDER-LED ORGANIZED CARE ACT; TO IMPOSE AN INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX ON RISK-BASED PROVIDER ORGANIZATIONS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.

SB765 | WITHDRAWN – TO HARMONIZE THE INTERPRETATION OF FEDERAL MEDICAID REGULATIONS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AND THE OFFICE OF MEDICAID INSPECTOR GENERAL IN REGARDS TO PROVIDER AUDITS.

HB1916 | WITHDRAWN – TO REQUIRE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES TO USE THEIR OWN MEDICAID PROVIDER NUMBER OR A MODIFIER TO A MEDICAL CODE WHEN BILLING THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR HEALTHCARE SERVICES.


UNRESOLVED – When the session ended, these were still in committee:

HB1878 – TO CREATE THE MEDICAID PATIENT BILL OF RIGHTS.

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HB1809 – TO REFORM MEDICAID SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.

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SB593 – TO REFORM THE HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEM WITHIN THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM FOR SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS WITH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DIAGNOSES AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.

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HB1903 – TO CREATE THE ENHANCED ELIGIBILITY AND AUTHENTICATION ACT.

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HB2124 – TO ELIMINATE THE ASSET OR RESOURCE TEST FOR LONG-TERM CARE MEDICAID WITHIN THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM FOR VETERANS.

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HB2145 – TO CREATE THE MEDICAID PROVIDER-LED ORGANIZED CARE ACT; TO IMPOSE AN INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX ON RISK-BASED PROVIDER ORGANIZATIONS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.

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HB1271 – TO CREATE THE ARKANSAS HEALTH INSURANCE INNOVATION ACT OF 2017; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.

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HB1300 – TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO PRIORITIZE SPENDING WITH THE DEPARTMENT AND THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM TO FULLY FUND HOME- AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.

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HB1810 – TO CLARIFY AND ESTABLISH AN APPROPRIATE MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT METHODOLOGY FOR SMALL INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.

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SB603 – TO PROVIDE NECESSARY MEDICAID FUNDING TO COVER INCREASES IN COSTS INCURRED BY RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES AND ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.

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SB604 – TO ESTABLISH THE MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT ADEQUACY COMMISSION; TO PROVIDE FOR REGULAR REVIEWS OF MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT METHODOLOGIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.

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SB756 – TO IMPLEMENT COST SAVINGS AND MANAGE GROWTH IN OUTPATIENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAMS DURING THE PERIOD OF TRANSITION TO PROVIDER-LED ORGANIZED CARE.

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SB175 – TO REQUIRE MEDICAID PROVIDERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCLOSE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.

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HB1981 – TO AUTHORIZE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS TO DELIVER HEALTHCARE SERVICES TO SPECIFIC MEDICAID POPULATIONS; AND TO REFORM THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM.

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SB503 – TO PROVIDE FOR CONSISTENT TREATMENT IN REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE EDUCATION OF ARKANSAS STUDENTS DURING PLACEMENT IN A FACILITY IN A BORDER STATE.

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SB434 – TO REMOVE THE ENROLLMENT CAPS IN THE LIVING CHOICES ASSISTED LIVING MEDICAID WAIVER PROGRAM.

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HB1502 – TO CREATE AN EXEMPTION TO THE DEFINITION OF RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITY AND THE DEFINITION OF ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY.

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SB355 – TO TERMINATE THE MEDICAID EXPANSION PROGRAM, ALSO KNOWN AS THE HEALTH CARE INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM WHICH IS COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE “PRIVATE OPTION” AND THE ARKANSAS WORKS PROGRAM.

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HB1182 – TO AUTHORIZE THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM TO ALLOW AN ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE TO BE A PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER.

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SB120 – TO AMEND ARKANSAS TAX LAW CONCERNING INCOME TAX, SALES AND USE TAXES, AND THE SOFT DRINK TAX; AND TO SUPPLEMENT THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM TRUST FUND TO OFFSET DECREASED DEPOSITS FROM TAX REVENUES.

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HB1257 – TO CREATE THE COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER ACT.

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