Archive for October, 2016

Medicare Training for Professionals – Fall 2016 – Link to Webcast

To watch the webcast of this year’s DHS-sponsored Medicare Training for Professionals, click here.

Take a Minute for Medicare

This month we will conclude the topic on Extra Help with Medicare Part D costs. We will focus on Medicaid eligibility and what it can do to help you with your Medicare and Part D costs. If eligible, you will pay the lowest costs for your Medicare Part D drugs and eliminate the coverage gap.

What is Medicaid?
Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that assists with the medical costs of people with low income, and low resources. Each state establishes its own eligibility guidelines, administers its own program, and determines the covered services. You can have both Medicare and Medicaid. If you are a dual eligible beneficiary –a person enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid– Medicare pays first, and Medicaid pays second. Medicaid may cover services that Medicare does not, like some dental, vision and personal care. It can also help cover Medicare’s out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles, coinsurances, and copayments.

What is a Medicare Savings Program (MSP)?
Also administered by Medicaid are the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) which help pay for some of your Medicare health costs if you have limited income. There are three types of MSPs, and each helps pay your monthly Medicare Part B premium and one also helps pay Medicare costs like deductibles, copayments, and coinsurances. To qualify for a MSP, you must have Medicare Part A and meet the income and asset eligibility guidelines. If you’re unsure of whether you qualify, you should still apply because certain types of income and assets do not count when determining whether you qualify for a MSP.

Types of Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) in Wisconsin:

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) • Pays your Medicare Part A and Part B premiums, deductibles, copayments, and coinsurances.
• You can have both QMB and Medicaid.
• Coverage is not retroactive. Benefits begin on the first of the month after your eligibility is approved.
• Income eligibility at or below 100 percent of FPL.

Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) • Pays your Medicare Part B premium.
• You can have both SLMB and Medicaid.
• Offers 3-month retroactive coverage prior to application date, as long as you were eligible during those months.
• Income eligibility set at 100 percent to 120 percent of FPL.

Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Plus (SLMB+) • Pays your Medicare Part B premium.
• You cannot have both SLMB + and Medicaid.
• Offers 3-month retroactive coverage prior to application date, as long as you were eligible during those months. However, coverage can only be provided within the current calendar year. For example, if you apply in January, you will not receive retroactive coverage.
• Income eligibility set at 120 percent to 135 percent of FPL.

For general Medicare questions, call DRW at 1-800-928-8778. For Medicare Part D questions, call the Disability Drug Benefit Helpline at 1-800-926-4862. You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), or visit www.medicare.gov to find out if Medicare covers your test, service, or item.

 

Job Posting – Volunteer & Training Coordinator

Disability Rights Wisconsin seeks a Volunteer & Training Coordinator to develop a statewide volunteer legal advocate network. Duties include recruitment, training, support, and retention of pro bono attorneys and advocates. Successful candidates will be able to convey passion for serving victims of crime and abuse with disabilities in a way that compels others to volunteer their time, and to develop a system of professional support for volunteer advocates and attorneys. Travel required. Full time/benefits. For a detailed position description click here.

EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to hr@drwi.org.  Deadline: Nov 7, 2016 to be considered for 1st round of interviews.

Managing Attorney – Victim Advocacy Programs

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking an attorney to manage and provide legal oversight of our statewide Victim Advocacy programs. The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of the criminal justice and victim response systems, ability to lead and supervise a team of advocates, manage grant outcomes and write reports on deadline. Previous experience working with victims of crime and people with disabilities from a trauma informed perspective preferable. Member Wisconsin Bar. Full time/benefits. Detailed position description at Managing Atty Position Description.

EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to hr@drwi.org. Deadline: November 6th, to be considered for 1st interviews.

Job Posting – Advocacy Specialist

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking an Advocacy Specialist to work in our SSI Managed Care External Advocacy Project and the Medicare Part D Helpline Project.  This is a limited term appointment, with a possibility of extension.  This position can be located in our Madison or Milwaukee offices and will provide statewide advocacy, information and outreach to SSI-related Medicaid recipients enrolled in managed care plans and Medicare Part D.   Successful candidates will have previous experience with public benefits such as SSI and Med D and experience with people with disabilities.  Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent experience.  Excellent salary and fringe benefits.  For detailed position description click here.

EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce.  Submit resume and cover letter to hr@drwi.org.  Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016 to be considered for first round of interviews.   Will remain open until filled.

DRW’s 2017 PADD Program Goals & Priorities

DRW seeks public comments on our proposed 2017 Goals and Priorities for our protection and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These goals and priorities will determine how DRW will allocate its resources on behalf of people with IDD during the next year. These goals and priorities were developed with input from the public obtained at DRW Board listening sessions and are also based on the intake and case experience at DRW. These goals and priorities will be finalized after all public comments are analyzed. Click here to read the document.

Comments should be submitted to DRW’s PADD Coordinator Mitch Hagopian via email at:
mitchh@drwi.org.

or via U.S. Mail at:
Disability Rights Wisconsin
Attention: Mitch
131W. Wilson St., Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703

To assure consideration, comments must be received by November 30, 2016.

Disability Rights Wisconsin 2017-2019 Biennial Budget Priorities

Disability Rights Wisconsin advocates across a wide variety of issues. See our priorities for the 2017-2019 biennial budget here:

Quality Community Supports and Institutions

Medicaid

Mental Health

Education

Youth in Transition and Employment

Direct Care Workforce

Children’s Supports

Transportation

Juvenile Justice and Corrections

Voting Housing Access to Justice

See the complete document of priorities here.

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period October 15 – December 7

It’s October and now is the time to start thinking about your Medicare prescription drug coverage for 2017.

The Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans runs from October 15 through December 7.  All Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in a Part D prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan should look at their plan to ensure it is still the best deal for them.  In most cases, changes must take place by December 7, 2016. Those who have Medicare and Medicaid can take until December 31 to consider making changes to their Part D plan.

Each year insurance companies make changes to their plans.  They can change the premiums, deductibles, co-insurance amounts and the drugs they cover.  So even if you have not had changes to your medications and your current plan worked well for you this year, it may not be the ideal plan for you next year.  Spending time reviewing your options could save you hundreds of dollars in the upcoming year.  All Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to evaluate their plans.

There are 22 Part D prescription drug plans available for enrollment in Wisconsin.  The best way to find the plan that will give you the greatest value and coverage is to use the online plan finder tool found on the www.medicare.gov website. If you need assistance, individual consultation is available. Call the Medicare Part D Disability Drug Benefit Helpline at 1-800-926-4862 to schedule an appointment or to speak to someone on the telephone.

Do yourself a favor and review your Medicare Drug plan today!  December 7 is the last day to make changes!

For general Medicare questions, call DRW at 1-800-928-8778. For Medicare Part D questions, call the Disability Drug Benefit Helpline at 1-800-926-4862. You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), or visit www.medicare.gov to find out if Medicare covers your test, service, or item.

Request for services: Community Outreach to African American Families of Children with Disabilities

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking to contract with an Outreach Consultant with strong relationships to Milwaukee’s African American community, to assist with our advocacy and outreach initiative to Milwaukee African American families who have a child with a disability. The project will increase the family’s awareness of and access to home and community based services. Deliverables include collaborating with DRW to engage families and community leaders; developing an outreach plan; creating an advisory council; developing project materials; and promoting, publicizing, and coordinating outreach events. Experience with outreach to the Milwaukee African American community is required. Experience with the disability system as a parent or professional is desirable.   This is a limited-term contract ending 9/30/2017.

Please click here for a detailed project description and application requirements.

Deadline: 10/21/2016, will remain open until filled.

A Life Worth Living

An article in yesterday’s New York Times eloquently expresses the emotional and psychological underpinning of Disability Rights Wisconsin’s position regarding the obligation of the State of Wisconsin to preserve the life of its children, regardless of disability: “A Disabled Life Is a Life Worth Living”.

For more on DRW’s position and requested intervention in the case of Jerika Bolen, a Wisconsin teenager with who died in hospice care this past month, see our statement: A Life Worth Living.