Legislation to help children with disabilities, military families heads to governorís desk

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Thursday, March 21, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2019) – Legislation authored by State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) and sponsored by State Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange) that would provide essential care to children with disabilities from military families could soon become law.

According to Zent, this proposal would prioritize access to the Family Supports Waiver and shorten the wait time to receive services for military children with disabilities, providing critical support and care. Zent said the waiver allows states to provide meaningful home- and community-based services to those with a developmental disability, intellectual disability or autism and who have substantial functional limitations. Improving access to crucial services could allow these children to live independently with their families.

“Military families with a child with disabilities face unique challenges and need additional resources,” Zent said. “We owe it to our service members to support and care for their families while they protect and take care of us.”

According to the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity, the average child in a military family will move six to nine times during their school years. Glick said that this can be an issue for children with special needs because it can result in delays and loss of essential care.

“Our goal with this legislation is to ensure people with disabilities get the help they need as well as encourage veterans and military families to move to Indiana because of this prioritization,” Glick said. “There are currently 1,400 people on the waiting list for a Medicaid waiver, which demonstrates the need for this legislation.”

In addition to expanding coverage and improving care for active military families, this legislation would further incentivize talented service members and veterans to live and work in Indiana.

House Enrolled Act 1296 is now eligible for action by the governor. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.

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State Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange) represents Senate District 13, which includes
LaGrange, Noble and Steuben counties and portions of DeKalb County.

 State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51,
which includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.