Category Archives: Training Opportunity

HighPointe Offers Free Educational Presentations

HighPointe Services is offering two free financial education presentations for families and guardians who have a family member with disabilities.

Presentation Topic:

Three disciplines impact your family’s quest to protect your assets and children:
Disability Benefits, Financial Planning and Legal considerations

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HighPointe Services 7323 S. Alton Way Unit A Centennial, CO 80112

Doors open at 5:30pm, Presentation at 6:00pm
~Refreshments provided~

*RSVP by Tuesday, January 16th to betty@lehmandp.com 303.898.7656*
Childcare provided only by reservation: contact Michelle, 303.221.3222
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Three disciplines impact your family’s quest to protect your assets and children:
Disability Benefits, Financial Planning and Legal considerations

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

       HighPointe Services 1544 Oakridge Drive Fort Collins, CO 80525

Doors open at 5:30pm, Presentation at 6:00pm
~Refreshments provided~

*RSVP by Monday, January 29th to betty@lehmandp.com 303.898.7656*
Childcare provided only by reservation: contact Christina, 970.377.9949

 

Melissa J. Edelman, CLU, ChSNC Melissa has served over twenty-five years in the financial services industry. She works extensively with special needs families to plan the entire family’s financial future with an eye to the lifetime of the special needs child. She is a parent of two adopted children, one with high functioning special needs.

Betty Lehman, Disability Advisor Betty has nearly thirty years as an advocate for special needs individuals and their families. While raising her own son with disabilities, she spearheaded fourteen state statutes, creating millions of dollars in funding for benefits for those with disabilities and their families.

Melissa Edelman is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. member SIPC. 4600 S. Ulster St. Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80237. 303-300-4341. CRN201407-1620001

Health Care Law Updates

If you’ve been listening to the federal budget discussion and the “sequestration” that is now in effect, applying spending cuts across the board, you may be wondering what that means for health care. The good news is that certain important programs, like Medicaid, Social Security, and SNAP (food stamps) are exempt from the cuts. The not-so-good news is that Medicare provider payments will be cut 2% on an annualized basis. Of course, this could all change if Congress can agree on a way forward for federal deficit reduction.

Federal grant funds, like the Family-to-Family Health Information Center Grant that supports some of our work at Family Voices Colorado, will see some cuts, but we are still waiting to find out exactly how those will be applied. At this point we are not planning to reduce staffing or services, but please contact us if you have any questions.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as health care reform, Obamacare, or ACA, will be rolled out fully as of January 1, 2014. The law is wide-reaching in its implications for health insurance companies and for individual and family consumers. Here are a few resources that might be helpful as you or people you know are trying to understand the big picture more fully:

HealthCare.Gov: Learn about health insurance basics, sign up for email or text message updates, read about the coming Health Insurance Marketplaces, and find out how the new federal law might affect you. http://www.healthcare.gov/

Connect for Health Colorado: Formerly called the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange, this is our state’s Health Insurance Marketplace. Information and resources are available now, but the insurance plan research and application functions will go live this fall. http://www.getcoveredco.org/

The Health Care Law 101.  National Family Voices is offering a presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act and how to access care in your community in English on March 7 at 1pm EST/11am MST, and in Spanish on March 19 at 3pm EDT/1pm MDT. (Note that we switch to Daylight Savings Time this weekend, March 10, 2013.)

Frequently Asked Questions about ACA Implementation.  CMS has posted a set of frequently asked questions about Medicaid and CHIP (State Child Health Insurance Program – CHP+ in Colorado) issues related to the ACA, including changes in Medicaid eligibility (under the “Eligibility Policy” category.)

Family Leadership, Parent Support Providers, and more

Whether you are a parent or other family member who is interested in getting involved in advocacy, or a professional who supports families of children experiencing mental, emotional developmental, or behavioral challenges, you are an important link in the network of services and supports for children with special health care needs. Here are a few resources and training opportunities that came to our attention in the last week:

Using Social Media to Increase Family Leadership

Presenter: Maureen Casey

Sponsored by the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness and National Family Association For Deaf-Blind.

This webinar will discuss different social media platforms and how families and their professional partners can harness the power of the internet to inform family leaders and increase advocacy and leadership. No registration is required.

To accommodate schedules, this webinar will be held twice, one during the day and one in the evening.
February 7th 11am PT, 12pm MT, 1pm CT, 2pm ET
February 10th 4pm PT, 5pm MT, 6pm CT, 7pm ET

This webinar will be closed captioned and recorded. Visit this page for details, including software requirements.

Parent Support Provider Certification: Scholarships available

Certified Parent Support Providers can brag about their credential! They meet the national standard of care for helping families who have children experiencing emotional, developmental, behavioral, substance use, or mental health issues. Now is a good time to apply for national certification. There are new scholarships from OptumHealth to cover $250 of the $350 cost of national certification as a Parent Support Provider. Go to www.certification.ffcmh.org/apply to learn more.

Bright Futures Family Network

Bright Futures for Families is a national initiative for families and communities to promote and improve the health and well-being of children of all ages. The January newsletter provides an introduction to the network’s member organizations.

 

As always, please call us at 303-733-3000 or 800-881-8272 with any questions.