[Tall-Corn] Iowa Medicaid

Wade Hemmelrick cheeriosandv8 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 01:01:29 UTC 2021

After providing Disability Rights Iowa with requested information,
it's time to wait and see. Meanwhile, I have also been in contact with
Upgrade Medicaid regarding this accessibility issue. The common
denominator is for us to work together in making this an important
demand for improved services from Iowa Medicaid. The below link is for
these virtual town hall meetings in which blind citizens are
encouraged to participate.--Wade Hemmelrick

>> On Sep 23, 2021, at 7:51 PM, Wade Hemmelrick via Tall-Corn
>> <tall-corn at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> Nice auto reply from the DRI fan page. Alas, it's a start as I have
>> used the online intake form. Resorted to copying and pasting my info
>> via email as the online form kept showing error messages no matter how
>> correct I was. Below is the auto response. Food for thought as we hope
>> for other Iowans to "crawl out of the woodwork" to help get a similar
>> mass case in motion similar to Indiana.
>> Disability Rights Iowa
>> Hello, thank you so much for contacting us with your concerns. We
>> understand the importance of accessible communications and we are
>> looking more into the situation in Indiana. If there are individuals
>> in Iowa experiencing this please have them contact our intake
>> specialist by calling 515-278-2502 or filling out our online form at:
>> https://disabilityrightsiowa.org/contact-disability-rights-iowa/let-us-help/.
>> These individuals will help us determine if Iowa has a similar
>> systemic issue as this Indiana lawsuit.
>>> On 9/21/21, Wade Hemmelrick <cheeriosandv8 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Thanks, Scott, for your reply. Valerie, from the National Office,
>>> shared this article and also wants to learn of other blind Iowans in a
>>> similar predicament.--Wade
>>>> On 9/21/21, Scott Van Gorp via Tall-Corn <tall-corn at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>>> Thanks Wade. I have been hearing of other stories in Iowa, so this is
>>>> something we're definitely interested in looking at. Let me look at
>>>> this
>>>> article for context and check a couple of other things too and we'll
>>>> see
>>>> where this takes us.
>>>> Scott Van Gorp, President
>>>> National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
>>>> Phone: 515-720-5282
>>>> Email
>>>> Website
>>>> Facebook
>>>> Twitter
>>>> Live the life you want.
>>>> The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa is a community of members
>>>> and
>>>> friends who believe in the hopes and dreams of the nation's blind.
>>>> Every
>>>> day
>>>> we work together to help blind people live the lives they want.
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Tall-Corn <tall-corn-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Wade
>>>> Hemmelrick
>>>> via Tall-Corn
>>>> Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:22 PM
>>>> To: NFB of Iowa Internet Mailing List <tall-corn at nfbnet.org>
>>>> Cc: Wade Hemmelrick <cheeriosandv8 at gmail.com>
>>>> Subject: Re: [Tall-Corn] Iowa Medicaid
>>>> Here is the story from Indiana.--Wade
>>>> https://nfb.org/about-us/press-room/blind-hoosiers-file-lawsuit-against-indi
>>>> ana-division-family-resources.
>>>> On 9/20/21, Wade Hemmelrick <cheeriosandv8 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> Curious to learn if other blind Iowans are also having similar issues
>>>>> with our state Medicaid programs. Long story short: Accessibility and
>>>>> privacy are severely lacking if I choose to read my own important
>>>>> forms, news, and so forth in Braille. Not to sound hateful or bigoted
>>>>> here, but if these documents can be translated into Spanish or other
>>>>> foreign languages, the same outa hold true with Braille for blind
>>>>> citizens. Won't elaborate more except already received advice from our
>>>>> Iowa library and the National Office to contact the Iowa Disability
>>>>> Rights entity and to find out if other blind Iowans are also
>>>>> experiencing similar troubles. Also was given the article of a case
>>>>> from Indiana. Cheers!--Wade Hemmelrick
>>>>> On 9/15/21, Wade Hemmelrick <cheeriosandv8 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> Greetings,
>>>>>> Would appreciate any feedback on your experiences as blind Iowans
>>>>>> dealing with Iowa Medicaid. Did you have issues in accessible
>>>>>> information and or working with Iowa DHS staff?
>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>> Wade

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