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ICHS Files HIP 2.0 Comments with CMS

ICHS filed comments with CMS on September 20 to urge the expected approval of HIP 2.0.  Read the full comments.


Register – ICHS Annual Meeting Aug. 20

Register - ICHS Annual Meeting Aug. 20

The ICHS Annual Meeting will take place Wednesday, August 20th.  Located at the Interchurch Center in Indianapolis from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm ET.  Workshop presented by nationally recognized storyteller, Kim Weitkamp.  Come and learn more about how your organization can effectively use client stories.  With an upcoming budget session at the Indiana General Assembly, [...]


ICHS Files Comments on HIP 2.0

ICHS filed in support of the Administration’s HIP 2.0 1115 Waiver Application. Per our conversation with Director Joe Moser June 13, we offered specific concerns and recommendations and urged expedited approval by CMS.  We look forward to working with State and Federal agencies on implementation.  Read the full comments.


Cover Indiana reviews HIP 2.0

Cover Indiana, a campaign to increase healthcare coverage expansion in Indiana, is reviewing the proposal for HIP 2.0. Review the proposal at http://www.in.gov/fssa/hip/2442.htm .


ICHS explores “reframing human services”

Read the Handed to Them on a Plate Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Human Services A Frameworks Research Report


Did You Miss the End of Session Webinar? Get it Here

ICHS, in collaboration with the Indiana Nonprofit Resources Network, hosted a webinar highlighting the bills that passed the Indiana General Assembly this session and the impact on nonprofit organization and their clients. Here is a link to access the webinar slides and audio. ICHS End of Session Webinar 3/20/2014


Register Today for Thursday’s End of Session Webinar

ICHS partners with Indiana Association of United Ways and Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network to bring you three legislative update webinars during the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Sessions require pre-registration and will be held on Thursdays, 3pmET/2pmCT. Participants receive related documents. All staff and volunteers in human service organizations are invited to register [...]


ICHS In The News

The Indiana General Assembly has been pushing forward with a number of tax proposals that would cut business personal property taxes, provide tax credits for specific industries, cut corporate income tax and more. Indiana is already known as one of the top business climates in the country. At the same time, we continue to lag [...]


Conference Committees Have Begun

The Indiana Senate and House have concluded committee meetings and Third Readings. ICHS is now monitoring priority bills that will be assigned to a conference committee for negotiations between the House and Senate versions. Here is an up to date list of priority bills that we will be monitoring the last couple weeks of the [...]


Did you miss the Mid-Point Webinar?

ICHS hosted a Mid-Session Update on February 20th highlighting the human service bills that are moving through the Statehouse. If you were unable to attend the webinar, here is a link to access a recording of the webinar. ICHS partners with Indiana Association of United Ways and Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network to bring you three [...]


Immediate Release: Indiana Already Top in Business, Need to Focus on People

For Immediate Release, February 27, 2014 Contacts: Mark Fairchild, President Indiana Already Top in Business, Now We Need to Focus on Creating a Strong People Climate: Impact of Proposed Tax Bills The Indiana General Assembly has been pushing forward with a number of tax proposals that would cut business personal property taxes, provide tax credits [...]


Six weeks remaining for subsidies in the Marketplace

There are only six weeks left to enroll in the health insurance Marketplace and be eligible for subsidies. Open enrollment ends March 31. Certified navigators are available throughout Indiana to help navigate the insurance process. At least 24 counties are hosting events to educate consumers and/or to enroll on site. Check the outreach or enrollment [...]


Farm Bill on the Way to the President’s Desk

Congress has reached a compromise on the long debated Farm bill and both the House and Senate have voted on the final version. There are some cuts included in the bill; however, many good provisions were included. Below is a summary of impact on the Food Stamp program from Feeding America’s Hungry. •$8.55 billion cut [...]


Mid Session Priority Bill Status and Upcoming Webinars

The Indiana General Assembly deadline for cross over of bills was this week. Some key bills related to early childhood education and other education initiatives continue to move forward, while increasing access to healthcare coverage for all Hoosiers by closing the coverage gap is now dead. Here is a link to the most recent update [...]


ICHS Concerns Regarding HB 1351

HB 1351 would implement a drug testing program for TANF recipients and would require the state of Indiana apply for a waiver from the Federal government to only allow healthy food purchases with EBT (food stamp) cards. The original version had a provision requiring photo ID’s to utilize EBT cards at the store for purchases; [...]


Did You Miss the Session Starter Webinar? You Can Still View the Archive

On Thursday, January 23rd ICHS, IAUW, and INRN hosted a Session Starter Webinar. Click below to access the materials and archive of that session. ICHS 2014 Session Starter Webinar There are still two legislative update webinars left this session. Register today! ICHS partners with Indiana Association of United Ways and Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network to [...]


Register for Legislative Update Webinars

ICHS partners with Indiana Association of United Ways and Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network to bring you three legislative update webinars during the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Sessions require pre-registration and will be held on Thursdays, 3pmET/2pmCT. Participants receive related documents. All staff and volunteers in human service organizations are invited to register [...]


Session is Over: ICHS Priority Update 4/29/13

The 2013 Legislative Session is officially over and a number of ICHS priorities made the cut, including child care regulations and a focus on quality early childhood, investment in Career Councils to help individuals find jobs, and increased Department of Child Services funding to hire additional caseworkers and call center representatives. The TANF Drug Testing [...]


Indiana Legislators Pass Two Year Budget

How do human services fair? The Indiana General Assembly passed a two year budget totaling $30 billion early Saturday morning. There were a number of tax cuts included in the budget bill, with a 5% cut in personal income tax phased in through 2017, a 1% cut to the corporate tax rate, elimination of the [...]


ICHS In the News

ICHS was quoted in a recent Editorial posting by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. The Editorial is below and for a link to the site, click here. Budgeting for a better Indiana “At a time when investment in our state’s educational system and infrastructure are key, what does a cut in individual income taxes and [...]


ICHS In The News

Indiana Coalition Touts Medicaid Expansion By Mike Corbin – mcorbin@wibc.com | @WIBC_MikeCorbin 3/29/2013 The Indiana Coalition for Human Services says Medicaid expansion is the best option to make sure that more than 400,000 Hoosiers get affordable health insurance. ICHS President David Sklar says the move won’t cost the state any additional money. Sklar says the [...]


ICHS Press Release: Over 400,000 Have Health Care Insurance Within Reach

Over 400,000 uninsured Hoosiers have access to health insurance coverage within their reach; however, they are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the State of Indiana to act. Indiana has a historic opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage for individuals who make under 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [...]


Help Collect Stories: Posters and Postcards now available

Help the Cover Indiana campaign capture stories from your neighbors and clients who are uninsured. Hang the Poster in your office and place Postcards in your waiting area. Here are the files: * CoverINPoster and CoverINPostcard in PDF  * Contact us to receive the file in Microsoft Publisher for customizing to your own organization


Let Your Local Media Know About Medicaid Expansion: Writing a Letter to the Editor

Indiana continues to debate expanding Medicaid to up to 450,000 low-income Hoosiers.  It is time for us to show elected officials widespread support for providing health care coverage to those making under 138% of poverty by informing our local media and communities about this opportunity.  The time is now to expand Medicaid, so Indiana can [...]