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The Impact of the COVID pandemic on Social Security benefits for persons with IDD

On Sept 14, 2021 The Arc of New Jersey presented an informative webinar explaining the impact and major changes that occured to the Social Security Administration due to the COVID pandemic. Although most of these changes have been helpful, some have also had unintended consequences. Included in this discussion were additional forms of income supports which were passed as part of COVID relief, such as stimulus payments, unemployment insurance, and revisions to tax credits benefiting low-income individuals.

Speakers: Bethany Lilly, Senior Director of Income Policy, The Arc of the U.S. and Beverly Roberts, Director, Mainstreaming Medical Care Program, The Arc of New Jersey.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in New Jersey
The Arc of New Jersey is delighted to present a free webinar on COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals with I/DD with speaker David Adinaro, MD, M.Eng, FACEP, the New Jersey Department of Health as Deputy Commissioner for Public Health Services in June 2020. David has had a long and distinguished medical career, including serving as the Chief of Emergency Medicine and Vice President/Chief Medical Officer at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson. During this webinar, Dr. Adinaro will explain New Jersey's plans for COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their caregivers. He will be able to provide important information, including an anticipated timeframe of when and where the COVID-19 vaccine will be available.

Presented on: January 11, 2021

Up-to-Date Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine
The Arc of New Jersey is pleased to present a free webinar, Up-to-Date Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine, for families and staff at agencies serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Webinar speaker Leone Murphy, APN, the Chair of The Arc of New Jersey's Mainstreaming Medical Care Program, will present valuable information about the COVID vaccines that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Attendees will also learn the importance of recognizing the typically mild side effects of the vaccine (e.g., headache, muscle soreness, or low-grade fever) and how to manage them.

Posted on: January 6, 2021

Navigating The Medicaid Maze Link -  This presentation will address questions and concerns that often arise when parents are planning to collect their own social security and they have a son/daughter who receives DDD services. - Presented on December 9, 2020


The 2021 Medicare Part D Changes Webinar for Persons Who Have Both Medicare and Medicaid (The Dual Eligibles) 

On November 9, 2020, The Arc of New Jersey hosted a webinar on the 2021 Medicare Part D changes for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who have both Medicare and Medicaid. Please see the links below to view the recording of the webinar as well as all of the slides and other helpful information.

Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheets on Dual Eligibles

This Webinar was Co-Presented by:

Beverly Roberts, Director, Mainstreaming Medical Care Program at The Arc of New Jersey and Mary McGeary, Director, State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Division of Aging Services, NJ Department of Human Services

- Overview of Medicaid for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: This webinar provided an overview of several ways that individuals with I/DD can be eligible for Medicaid presented on March 12, 2020 hosted by The Family Institute, speaker Beverly Roberts.

- What every family needs to know about Special Needs Trusts (SNT) for individuals with Developmental Disabilities two part webinar series-

  • PART ONE OF TWO.  Paul Prior, Esq., from Hinkle Prior and Fischer, provided an overview of Special Needs Trusts and explained why all trusts are not the same. See this link for a recording of the webinar and the slides.  Presented on January 14, 2020.
  • PART TWO OF TWO.  Maria Fischer, Esq., from Hinkle, Prior and Fischer, explained what families need to know about purchasing necessary items for their son/daughter with I/DD with money from the SNT. She discussed which types of expenditures are allowable, and which are not, in accordance with NJ Medicaid rules and regulations. She also explained the importance of keeping receipts for all expenditures from the SNT and what to do when the individual with I/DD needs an expensive item costing $5,000 or more.  See this link for a recording of the webinar and the slides.  Presented on February 3, 2020.

- The Dual Eligibles: Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Who Have Both Medicaid and Medicare This webinar provided information to help families and staff understand why so many persons with I/DD are dually eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. The webinar explained the ways that dual eligibles can access health care services, including prescription drugs. Some individuals with I/DD have private health insurance in addition to Medicaid and Medicare, and the webinar also addressed this issue. 

- Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act) ABLE Accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. Millions of individuals with disabilities depend on a wide variety of public benefits for income, health care, food and housing assistance. Eligibility for these public benefits (SSI, SNAP, Medicaid) require reporting no more than $2,000 in cash savings, retirement funds and other items of significant value.  Hosted by The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute and presented by Robin Shaffert, Senior Executive of Individual and Family Supports at The Arc of the U.S., attendees will learn eligibility requirements and how ABLE Accounts can help when planning for the future