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"Future Trends" Conference Examines Changes to Medicaid

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michael Beauregard / Associate, Rickman Group 401-421-0606 / michael@rickmangroup.com “Future Trends” Conference Examines Changes to Medicaid …

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Beauregard / Associate, Rickman Group

401-421-0606 / michael@rickmangroup.com

“Future Trends” Conference Examines Changes to Medicaid

Provider groups will hold event to assess impact on services and supports for Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities

October 19, 2012 [Providence] Impending changes to Medicaid at both the national and state level stand to impact services and care available to Rhode Island citizens who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. For this reason, on Tuesday, October 23 a group of non-profit service providers are holding a gathering of the most innovative and knowledgeable people in Rhode Island: governmental leaders, advocates, and community members. Together they intend to analyze pressing challenges, discuss effective solutions, and initiate an ongoing dialogue that will contribute to positive change in the state.

The conference, “Future Trends: Opportunities for Collaboration in the Developmental Disabilities Community,” is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23. Six non-profit provider groups have joined together to sponsor “Future Trends:” Community Living of Rhode Island, The Frank Olean Center, Gateways to Change, Seven Hills Rhode Island, United Cerebral Palsy of Rhode Island, and West Bay Residential Services, Inc. “As a group we’re pleased to be welcoming government leaders and national speakers for a fruitful discussion of the future of Medicaid,” said Peter Quattromani, Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Rhode Island.

“Future Trends” features a keynote address by Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, “Equality of Healthcare,” and a second address, “Emerging Trends in Medicaid,” by Connie Garner of United Cerebral Palsy. Confirmed special guests are Rhode Island Senate President M Teresa Paiva Weed, First Lady Stephanie Danforth Chafee, Speaker of the House Gordon D. Fox, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Steven D. Costantino. Numerous members of the state legislature are attending, as well as representatives from many of Rhode Island’s 39 private providers of care and services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

By staging “Future Trends,” the sponsoring provider groups are working collaboratively with state decision makers to shape the future design of supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. The forum provides an opportunity to discuss current features of Medicaid on the federal level, emerging trends in the states, potential federal changes to the Medicaid program, and “Living RIte,” a demonstration project already underway that concerns persons who are “dual eligible” for both Medicare and Medicaid.

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Contact Michael Beauregard of Rickman Group, by phone: (401) 421-0606 or by email: michael@rickmangroup.com.

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