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Private resources must be used prior to paid resources. This is a Medicaid Waiver rule. There are many potential private resources such as private health insurance, special needs trust fund assets, family members, friends. So this means that if you have private resources available to fund a given area of need, you must use this prior to using governmental resources. This means your personal or financial resources
Community resources must also be used prior to paid resources. Possible community resources include non-profit organizations such as goodwill, salvation army. Other resources include county health clinic or the best buddie program prior to using the MW support “companion”. Since these are difficult to obtain due to long wait lists and in short supply, many times paid supports will be required to help you reach your goal.
Foundations are another way to obtain help. Many foundations have applications or will help in specific areas of interest. Again, this resource is difficult to obtain because of its high demand and short supply.The Able Trust is a 501(c)(3) public-private partnership foundation that "supports individuals non-profit
A natural support is someone you know that can or is helping you towards a goal that is not paid to do so. They may include family or friends or people that have the ability to help you towards one of your goals. The Medicaid Waiver program wants you to obtain more of these natural supports and less professional paid supports. The theory is that this will promote more independence and self-sufficiency and as a result improve the quality of your life experiences.
American Diabetes Association - Lots
of diabetes related information.
American Red Cross of Central Florida - First Aid & CPR classes, disaster services, water safety training etc.
Children's Medical Services - Medical assistance for children. 407 856-6525 admin 407 856-6519 services
Community Health Centers Inc. - Educational and medical related services including dental. Sliding scale.
Epilepsy Association of Central Florida - Screening/Diagnostic, case management, public education.
Orange County Health Department - 407 836-2699 Health screening / diagnostic services.
Orange County Medical Clinic 407 836-7148 Medically indigent out patient program.
Volunteer Information /
referral / placement can be obtained at
Florida United Way by calling
407 835-0900 or at their website: http://www.hfuw.org/volunteer.aspx In addition to volunteering
in an area that you have an interest in, here are some community activities areas that may be of interest
to you. You might want to join a club for a hobby that you decide to become involved with.
Social Security provides SSI money to many consumers which in turn helps to pay for your room and board if you live in a group home. Many times the group is assigned as the payee for this reason. You also will get a small amount of spending money called personal allowance that the group home will maintain for you each month for you to spend on personal items such as personal items you may prefer or eating out.
If you don’t receive any SSI money, you probably are receiving SSA money. This is discussed under Medicare.
Medicare is a federal program that basically covers many health costs such as doctor exams and tests. Many doctors accept Medicare but not all of them. Most consumers are not old enough to get Medicare on their own, so they become eligible through the retirement or death of a parent. Normally within 24 months.
Medicare part D is the new
prescription drug program for consumers that have Medicaid also. Instead of
Medicaid paying for certain prescriptions, now part D funds many
medications. You can learn more about this program at this web link:
Website Guide To
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage: re, excellent reference
Prepared by Disability Policy Collaboration , a partnership between The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy,
Medicare Prescription Drug Program Webcast
to view (72 minutes)
(broadband Windows media player)
MEDICARE EQUIPMENT RESOURCE
Recertification is required
to remain in Medicaid. They may call you or request an interview to update
their records from time to time or annually. If you do not respond to their
request, you will likely be cut from Medicaid which means you lose not only
your health coverage, but also all Medicaid Waiver supports. These
providers cannot be paid if you lose your Medicaid. So if you lose your
Medicaid, let your support coordinator know right away. And don’t ignore or
forget to go to any Medicaid related meeting that you have an appointment
for. You can now sign up and review your Medicaid account,
here) print a Medicaid replacement care and complete an online
But be sure to let your support coordinator know since many times the local APD office needs to review it first.
You will need SS # and date of birth to access status of your Medicaid application or other inquires. Some inquires such as about your Medicaid card must be made by phone. The phone number for Medicaid services is: 888-419-3456 or (website here). If you submit documents, be sure to write your case number on each one and refer to it during any correspondence.