Tricare Changes Would Limit ABA for Military Families

Tricare Changes Would Limit ABA for Military Families Starting July 25, Tricare is requiring children with autism to undergo standardized testing every six months and show measurable progress in order to receive applied behavior analysis therapy(ABA). Patients will also have to apply for Tricare waivers if treatment stretches beyond two years and for children older than age 16. Patients that fail to make progress or show sustainable gains could be…

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San Diego IHSS Workers Receive Pay Increase

San Diego IHSS Workers Receive Pay Increase Joshua Emerson Smith for San Diego City Beat reports that In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers reached an agreement with San Diego County on August 5th, 2013 for their first raise in more than four years. Under the deal, wages for the county’s more than 20,000 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers will increase to $9.85 from $9.50 an hour. Advocates said the deal will…

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Antibody May Be Clue to Autism in Children

Antibody May Be Clue to Autism in Children Autism researchers said they have found a group of maternal antibodies that target proteins in the foetus’ developing brain. A study that compared 246 mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to 149 women with healthy children found that nearly a quarter in the first group had different combinations of these antibodies. Antibodies are the foot soldiers of the immune system,…

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Autism: Don’t Try to Make Sense. Make a Difference!

Autism: Don’t Try to Make Sense. Make a Difference! I’d like to share with you an excellent book that provides parents, caregivers, and educators techniques and strategies for dealing with the behavior of autistic children. In Haim Ore’s book, “Autism: Don’t Try to Make Sense. Make a Difference!”, Haim shares his unique ability of simplifying the science of behavior modification and presents strategies in layman’s terms. Autism Therapist, Haim Ore has a BA…

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Cuts to IHSS Will Affect 270K Women

Cuts to IHSS Will Affect 270K Women A state known for it’s progressive history of gender equality seems to be taking a step backwards as Governor Brown’s budget proposes capping IHSS caregivers’ hours. This will affect the income of nearly 270,000 women working as caregivers under California’s IHSS program. California is known for paving the way for women’s rights and equality in the work place. The state has legislated to…

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Brown’s Overtime Prohibition for IHSS Workers

Brown’s Overtime Prohibition for IHSS Workers The following story was reported by Capital & Main and Los Angeles Times. A change in federal rules set for next year entitles nearly 2 million home aides nationwide to overtime pay. But Brown, in an effort to keep a lid on costs, has proposed a cap on the time they work in the state’s taxpayer-funded home care program for low-income Californians. On January 9, Governor Jerry…

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New FLSA & SB 855 Requirements

New FLSA & SB 855 Requirements The final stakeholder discussion group pertaining to the implementation of the new IHSS overtime rules will be held on August 15, 2014. The previous two meetings in July focused on general overview plus new timesheets and systems. The meeting on August 15 will focus on policy and operational issues Below are highlights from the presentation regarding the new FLSA & SB 855 Requirements. You…

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Lightbourne Director’s Alternate Decision

Lightbourne Director’s Alternate Decision I have seen in the blogs that many of you had caseworkers reduce IHSS hours for times when a “non provider” parent was present in the home. I have posted this DIRECTOR’S ALTERNATE decision from an administrative law hearing in which Larry Rosen has participated as an advocate on behalf of the recipient. Read it and see what CDSS has to say about the matter. SummeryRiverside…

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Notice 2014-7 Explained by Regina Levy, CPA

Notice 2014-7 Explained by Regina Levy, CPA Gina Levy has been described as the “special needs CPA” by her clients. She has been the source of much of the IRS tax information that I have presented on both our web page and our Facebook page. For those of you who are confused about how to proceed with amending prior year tax returns in order to get a refund, I highly…

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IRS Notice 2014-7 Clarified with Amending Instructions

IRS Notice 2014-7 Clarified with Amending Instructions The IRS just recently published this document to provide clarity to the earlier released document IRS notice 2014-7 (which can be viewed on this website). Instructions are given for amending prior year’s taxes, as the change in this tax rule has a three year look back window. This is great news for Medicaid Waiver recipients and their families! In January of 2014 we posted…

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