The Generations Project was established in 2001 to call attention to the dilemma facing Hoosiers with long term health care needs. A collaborative effort of leading consumer based organizations, The Project seeks to educate citizens, advocates, and policy makers about the opportunities for Hoosiers to implement a balanced and responsible long term care system.
International Disabilities Treaty will help Americans
Presently, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is pending before the United States Senate. This is an issue that is very important to Americans with disabilities and to U.S. businesses and manufacturers that are leaders in the development, distribution and marketing of technologies and accessible equipment for persons with disabilities. Both are strong supporters of the pending treaty status CRPD. Please read the following articles about the Disabilities Treaty and followup with your senators.
September 4, 2013
The Affordable Care Act and Indiana
In 2010 the U.S. Congress passed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. That law has the potential to make affordable and viable health insurance coverage available to tens of millions of Americans who are unable to get health insurance today. Commonly known as ObamaCare, or the ACA, the law also bans discrimination in the provision of health insurance coverage and makes available to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, women, and families a wide array of preventative health care measures and services. The ACA would also extend Medicaid coverage to all persons up to 138 percent of poverty.
In 2008 the state of Indiana established its Healthy Indiana Plan, or HIP. HIP is limited in scope, is used by less than 40,000 Hoosiers who are, for the most part, adults without children. HIP requires co-pays and has punitive measures that often result in people losing their coverage. Over the past two years the state of Indiana has been in a tug-of-war with the federal government with Indiana insisting on using HIP as a substitute for the ACA. The problem with this strategy is simple: 300,000 to 400,000 Hoosiers would not get the health care coverage that would be available if the state fully embraced the ACA. Furthermore, the full implementation of the ACA in Indiana would bring in over $10 billion in health care coverage benefits paid by the federal government in the coming decade. These benefits would greatly improve the health of Hoosiers, substantially enhance Indiana’s health delivery system, and create an estimated 30,000 jobs in the state.
On September 3, the federal government agreed to let the state of Indiana continue its HIP program for another year, but that means the full benefits of the ACA will continue to be denied Hoosiers. The state administration hailed this as a victory. The Generations Project believes it simply denies Indiana taxpayers the health care benefits that taxpayers elsewhere in the United States will be receiving.
Below is a news video from WRTV 6 in Indianapolis regarding the decision on September 3 to let Indiana continue to use the HIP program through December 2014. John Cardwell, the director of The Generations Project, is featured in the news story.
July 10, 2013: Nuvo Article by Fran Quigly
Home care workers take care of our most vulnerable loved ones. Why do we pay them so little?
July 1, 2013
Personal information of nearly 190,000 FSSA clients in Indiana may have been disclosed
This is still another reason why Indiana should rethink privitazing social services. What is being done for the many vulnerable people who have had their personall records exposed? What is FSSA doing to help them?
June 17, 2013
ACLU of Indiana files suit against FSSA
Read the article from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette by clicking on the link below:
April 25, 2013
Lobbying Against the Political Tide:
This article features John Cardwell, director of The Generations Project. When John is engaged in public policy advocacy at the Indiana General Assembly he does so as the president of Hoosiers First, Inc. and as the chair of the Indiana Home Care Task Force, a voluntary alliance of individuals and organizations representing senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Click to read the TGP editorial:
New website for the Administration on Community Living is now available
The ACL website brings together three agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services: Administration on Aging, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Office on Disability. The new website offers resources about programs, services and issues facing persons with disabilities, older adults, and family caregivers. Site features include current issues, assessable icons to learn about ACL programs and information spread to the disability and aging communities.
Sequestration: What it means for Indiana
Learn what the National Council of Aging, the Leadership Concil on Aging Organizations, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorites and other well respected organizations are saying about the Sequester.
The Generations Project and the Indiana Home Care Task Force have collected a set of useful links to be used by Hoosiers to learn more about how Sequestration will affect Indiana.
January 17, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has chosen an expert in health care law and regulation, Debra F. Minot, to head the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.
LInk to the entire Courier Press article here: Evansville Courier Press
The tenth annual survey reports that national average rates for long-term care in the U.S. continue to rise. However the hourly rate for home health aides remains steady.
2012 State-wide Brain Injury Listening Tour Report Reflects What Services People Need
Brain injury is called the "silent epidemic" in this nation. Annually more people receive a brain injury than any kind of cancer diagnosis. Researchers have found that the brain continues to heal throughout the lifetime of the brain injury survivor. However treatment methods and public policy lag far behind what is currently known about the injured brain and what services and supports will best aid in healing.
The What's Working, What's Not? Brain Injury Listening Tour was organized to listen to people across Indiana who have survived a brain injury or have a family member who is struggling with the consequences of brain injury. This report is a summary of the series of open discussions and is intended to inform advocates, policy makers, service providers and Indiana citizens about the issues that were discussed.
Our hope is that Indiana will recognize brain injury as a treatable chronic condition and that with appropriate rehabilitation, services and supports, survivors can return to a fulfilling life.
Doing Things Better: Long Term Care Solutions for Indiana
Since 1987, Indiana has been searching for ways to do things better for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers that struggle with long term care issues each and every day. Doing things better for our most vulnerable and valuable citizens, those good Hoosiers who are the carriers of generations of wisdom but who now need our help due to aging and disability, is simply good common sense and the right way to go.
In the fall of 2011, The Generations Project travelled the state, learning directly from Hoosiers what it means to do things better for persons needing long term care. They consistently expressed the desire for home and community based services rather than institutional care. Their ideas are incorporated into the comments that follow regarding how to do things better in Indiana.
September 9, 2012
Responding to the Governor’s Misrepresentation of Welfare Reform
In a letter published on September 2, 2012 in the Indianapolis Star and other newspapers, Governor Mitch Daniels presented a mythical representation, at best, of the so-called reforms that were made in Indiana’s public benefit programs during his administration. On September 5, 2012 The Generations Project and the Indiana Home Care Task Force sent the following op. ed. response to the governor’s letter to newspapers throughout the state.
August 24, 2012 -Press Release
Failure to Fund CHOICE Program Harms Hoosiers
(Indianapolis) The Indiana Home Care Task Force announced a plan to stop the harm that is being done to tens of thousands of Hoosiers by the failure of the Daniels' administration to fund the CHOICE home health care prgram and Medicaid waivers that also provide home health care services.
August 8, 2012
Governor is tardy in making appointments required by law
Why hasn't governor appointed the committee for the brain injury advisory council that was established in Senate Enrolled Act 15? This wasn't a hard task, it requires no money, so what's the problem? (This story features June Holt assistant director of The Generations Project.)
Read the article and watch the video about Senate Enrolled Act 15.
July 22, 2012
Editoral Published in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:
Greed of privatized system trumps human need and public trust.
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