The GoodGiving Challenge 2019

The GoodGiving Challenge is an online giving campaign designed to engage the entire community and to make charitable giving easy and fun.
The GoodGiving Challenge raised $1.5 million for 110 local Kentucky nonprofits in 2018 and over $10 million since 2011. The 2019 Challenge will run from 9 am Tuesday, December 3 to 11:59 pm Monday, December 9. Once again, Blue Grass Community Foundation and their generous sponsors will provide exciting matching gifts and prizes. Join us December 3 and help us make the 2019 Challenge an even bigger success! For more information, visit

Your #GoodGivingChallenge donation is a direct investment in our community. We can’t wait to see the impact your donations have on The Arc of Kentucky this year!

Medicaid Update

Good Morning,

The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has an update for 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver stakeholders regarding patient liability. Please see the Patient Liability Participant Letter and the Patient Liability Provider Letter for more information.


If you have questions or comments about patient liability, please email 

Pass the ABLE Age Adjustment Act Now!

Tell Congress: Pass the ABLE Age Adjustment Act Now!

For the past 5 years, ABLE accounts have helped people with disabilities across the country save money without risking access to their home and community-based services and other supports they need to live in their communities. Unfortunately, millions of people with disabilities aren’t eligible for ABLE accounts because they did not acquire their disability before age 26.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Taking action can be easy and quick! Use this script to call your Members of Congress and ask them to support people with disabilities and their families by cosponsoring the bipartisan ABLE Age Adjustment Act (S. 817/ HR 1874).
BACKGROUND: Having a disability is extremely expensive and ABLE accounts help people with disabilities save money while still being able to access Medicaid for home and community-based services and other federal programs they need. Right now, only people whose disabilities who acquired their disability before age 26 are currently eligible for ABLE accounts. This bill will enable 6 million more people with disabilities to open an ABLE account and enhance their financial independence and quality of life.

Together we can advocate for #ABLEAgeNow.

Thank you for your advocacy!

For more information about ABLE accounts, please visit the ABLE National Resource Center at

Medicaid Updates

The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) wants to share some important updates with stakeholders of the 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver programs.

  • Public Comment Update: DMS is delaying the formal public comment period scheduled to start on Friday, November 1, 2019, by one week. The formal public comment period will now start on Friday, November 8, 2019. Details can be found in the updated public comment notice below. 
  • Service Authorization Changes: Effective November 25, 2019, Carewise Health will no longer approve person-centered service plans (PCSPs) for 1915(c) HCBS waivers. Case managers will take over this task for most services. Today, DMS notified case managers of several upcoming deadlines related to this change. We have included a copy of the notice in this email to make all stakeholders aware as the deadlines could affect re-certifications or emergency modifications to PCSPs.