Resources for Families
Systems Unlimited is holding quarterly meetings with parents, guardians and family members of the individuals we serve. The meetings are held at the Systems Unlimited service center in Iowa City. The address is 2533 Scott Blvd SE.
These informal meetings are held to discuss new Iowa initiatives, news from Systems Unlimited, Inc. and to answer any questions or concerns families may have regarding services for their family member. Be sure to check back often for the next scheduled meeting.
Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act
Systems Unlimited, Inc is hosting this no cost workshop on April 13, 2017, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Coralville Public Library, Room A. 1401 5th Street, Coralville, IA
This workshop is open to parents, caregivers, and anyone interested in learning about the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The presentation will be based on what we know or presume now, much is yet to be determined. Join us to learn about what an ABLE account is, what it isn’t, and other important information regarding the ABLE Act. Download the flyer
Speakers: Donald G. Olsen, CLU, ChFC, CASL, CFS, ChSNC, Special Care Planner
Patrick D. Olsen, Special Care Planner
Medicaid and Managed Care Action Alert
As many of you are aware, Systems Unlimited relies on Medicaid funds for a significant portion of our funding to support thousands of people with disabilities in Iowa through Supported Living, Employment and Behavioral Health Services. The Federal government covers approximately 57% of Iowa’s Medicaid costs. Congress has introduced significant changes to repeal and replace Obamacare with The American Health Care Act (AHCA). Of specific concern for Iowa is the condition in the AHCA that the per capita rates for Medicaid would be based upon spending at 2016 levels. States like Iowa, that have been careful about keeping costs down, will be penalized because the rates will be permanently stuck at that 2016 level. Read More…
Here are some helpful resources for Medicaid recipients and health care providers transitioning to the new managed care system that went into effect April 1:
- Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) offer health coverage to most Medicaid recipients:Amerigroup Iowa, Inc.
Member services: 1-800-600-4441
Provider services: 1-800-454-3730
Member services: 1-855-332-2440
Provider services: 1-855-287-7855
UnitedHealthcare Plan of the River Valley
Member services: 1-800-464-9484
Provider services: 1-888-650-3462
- Medicaid Member Services assists Medicaid recipients with questions and concerns about health care coverage, MCO enrollment, and which MCOs their health care provider has signed up with.
Toll Free: 1-800-338-8366
Des Moines area: 515-256-4606
- Iowa Medicaid Provider Services enroll health care providers with Iowa Medicaid and assist with eligibility and MCO questions.
Toll Free: 1-800-338-7909
Des Moines area: 515-256-4609
- Managed Care Ombudsman can help Iowa Medicaid recipients who live in a health care facility, assisted living program or elder group home, as well as those enrolled in certain Home & Community-Based Services programs.
Toll Free: 1-866-236-1430
More information: https://www.iowaaging.gov/long-term-care-ombudsman/managed-care-ombudsman
Department of Human Services Releases Medicaid Modernization Fact Sheet: The Iowa Department of Human Services has released a Medicaid Modernization Fact Sheet. This fact sheet contains frequently asked questions and responses. Access the fact sheet here, and also find it on the dedicated Medicaid Modernization web page. Watch for future email updates regarding new documents. Each Friday, new questions and responses will be released and posted on the Medicaid Modernization web page.
Information on Medicaid Modernization can be found on the dedicated web page at: https://dhs.iowa.gov/ime/about/initiatives/MedicaidModernization.
Myths and Facts About People with Disabilities
Everybody’s fighting some kind of stereotype, and people with disabilities are no exception. The difference is that barriers people with disabilities face begin with people’s attitudes — attitudes often rooted in misinformation and misunderstandings about what it’s like to live with a disability.