Zentís bill removing obstacle for military families needing medical services now law

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Monday, April 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – Military families who have children with disabilities will have one less obstacle to face in order to receive medical care, thanks to a new law authored by State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola).

According to Zent, Indiana provides the Family Supports Waiver to those who were diagnosed with a developmental disability, intellectual disability or autism before the age of 22. The waiver help individuals receive medical care at home or in a community setting based on their needs. Waiver services are provided based on application submission dates, posing a problem for military families transferring to Indiana.

“When a service member is required to transfer to a new state, their child in need of care should not be pushed to the bottom of the waiting list to receive a waiver,” said Zent, a veteran and member of the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. “Military families move frequently, as many as nine times while their kids are still in school, and it is important for Indiana to make sure that their children receive the care they need."

Historically, military families locating to Indiana would be placed at the end of the waivers waiting list, delaying important services for their children. Zent said the law will decrease wait times for receiving waivers for military families with children with disabilities who move to Indiana to receive care.

“In addition to expanding coverage and prioritizing access to community care for children in military families, this new law incentivizes talented service members to live and work in Indiana,” Zent said. “This is another way for us to show that Indiana takes care of its service members and their children.”

For more information about HEA 1296, visit iga.in.gov

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State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51,
which includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.
A high-resolution photo can be downloaded by clicking here.