Friday, June 23, 2017

URGENT! Call Today to Protect Medicaid for People with Disabilities!

Medicaid funding is the life-blood for providing community services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) here in Colorado.  Currently, the Federal government pays for a percentage of the total cost of Medicaid services.  However, this week the Senate released a draft of its version of the American Health Care Act, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, which aims to transform the way Medicaid works.  This Act would change Medicaid to a per capita cap program, which would set a limit on the amount of federal funding each state would receive.  Over time, this change would mean that Colorado would receive less Medicaid funding, and that could lead to fewer people receiving services, and less funding for those that do receive services.  In addition, Colorado would have a difficult time increasing the State portion of Medicaid funding to make up for Federal cuts, as tax increases must be approved by voters, and the state budget must remain balanced.

We at Imagine! Innovations urge the members of our community, regardless of your political leanings, to voice opposition to this Act.  Call your Senators and urge them to vote against this Act to help protect community services for people with I/DD here in Colorado!

Cory Gardner: (202) 224-5941
Michael Bennet: (202) 224-5852

Super Hero of the Month for May!

Every month, Innovations presents the “Super Hero of the Month” award to the employee or provider who has best demonstrated excellence in one or more of our Innovations Quality Standards:
  • Health, Safety, and Wellbeing
  • Effective and Efficient
  • Respect and Dignity
  • Opportunities
  • Integrity
  • Care

This month, the award was presented to Towana Vance, who is a Primary Residential Counselor at the Bob & Judy Charles SmartHome.
Towana was nominated by her Site Supervisor, who wrote:

Towana is a very hard worker. From her first day, she has continually looked for opportunities to help the individuals at the house and her fellow staff. In her first week, she took it upon herself to reorganize the basement storage. Ever since, she has picked up extra hours and worked her schedule to better assist the house and the residents that live here. She doesn’t shy away from outings or extra tasks. Whenever I ask for her help, she is always there and does a great job! We’re lucky to have Towana!

If you see Towana around, please congratulate her on being our Super Hero of the Month!