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Changes to TennCare & DIDD & What This Means for Tennesseans with Disabilities

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TennCare and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) propose integrating Medicaid Services in their new concept paper. This will bring a number of opportunities and challenges. It will put Medicaid insurance companies Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care and Amerigroup (called Managed Care Organizations) in charge of DIDD waiver services. This will mean changes to the kinds and amounts of supports and services provided to waiver participants. 

What you can do:

1. Learn more about the plan

a. Materials are available online: https://tn.gov/didd/for-consumers/didd-waiver-information/idd-program-integration.html

b. Read what we think is most important in our guiding principles document here

2. SUBMIT COMMENTS TO TENNCARE and DIDD. THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS IS TUESDAY AUGUST 11, 2020
You can do this by going to the DIDD website at https://stateoftennessee.formstack.com/forms/idd_integration_stakeholder_input_ 
You can tell them about services that are important to you that should be kept. You can tell them whether direct support staff are needed or whether everything that is needed can be provided by friends and family. You can tell them whether direct support staff could be replaced by video monitoring. You can tell them whether the funding that providers get should be based on involvement in work activities or whether other things should be considered as well. You can tell them whether it is important to keep an Independent Support Coordinator.

3. SIGN UP FOR UPDATES AND ADVOCACY  OPPORTUNITIES - If you would like to keep getting updates from stakeholders and learn about advocacy opportunities regarding the integration process, please sign up HERE!

4. Individuals currently receiving services through the DIDD Waivers- TELL YOUR STORY

a. Contact Sara Scott, Family Voices of TN Advocate (phone: 423-405-7645 or email: familyvoices@tndisability.org)

b. Call or write your state Senator and Representative (check out our helpful talking points here) Their contact info is online at: capitol.tn.gov