Good News for Families: Ohio Department of Medicaid Freezing Level of Care Waiver Disenrollments for Six Months

The Ohio Department of Medicaid has announced that, for six months, it will freeze disenrollments from three Ohio Medicaid Waiver programs regarding people it alleges no longer meet the “level of care” required to participate in the program. Why is this important? In Ohio, Medicaid Waiver programs allow people with serious care needs to receive […]

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The ABLE Act: Current Developments

You have probably heard of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, enacted in December 2014. In the past year alone, plenty of developments have taken place to ensure successful implementation of the Act in Ohio. In writing this article, I want to explain just how extraordinary the ABLE Act is to people with […]

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What is Due Process?

In the world of special education, DUE PROCESS is like a mini trial. One party “files due process” against the other, and then there is a hearing with witnesses and evidence presented. An Independent Hearing Officer (IHO) is appointed by the Ohio Department of Education to hear the case and decide who wins and what […]

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The ABCs of ABA Funding: Part Four of Four

By Attorney Franklin J. Hickman The Affordable Care Act, as implemented in Ohio, requires covered health plans to pay for up to 20 hours per week of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or other comparable evidentiary based services for children up to 21 years of age diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is an extraordinary advance […]

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The ABCs of ABA Funding, Part Three of Four: Accessing ABA through Public Schools

By Attorney Franklin J. Hickman This is the third in a series of articles on access funding for Applied Behavior Analysis – ABA. The Federal law governing school-aged children with disabilities is a valuable tool in obtaining such services. The BasicsThe Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the Federal law requiring states that receive […]

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The ABCs of ABA, Part Two of Four: Accessing Services Through EPSDT

By Attorney Franklin J. Hickman On July 7, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), the Federal office responsible for overseeing Medicaid programs, issued an informational bulletin to Medicaid agencies and constituents. This important communication affirms the availability of Medicaid funding for Applied Behavioral Analysis (“ABA”) services if federal requirements are met.  CMS […]

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The ABCs of ABA Funding: Part One of Four

By Attorney Franklin J. Hickman When looking for sources of funding for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services, remember the following from your alphabet soup: EI, ACA, IDEA and EPSDT.   This article is the first in a series of four installments which will explain each of the programs and summarize the procedures needed to obtain ABA […]

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