IRIS – Include, Respect, I Self-Direct – is Wisconsin's Self-Directed Supports Program for older people and adults with disabilities.
In IRIS you determine the combination of supports and services you need, including who will provide the services and when and how they will be provided. The IRIS team is available at every step to help you build the life you want with the support you need!
The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD) is seeking your feedback in two short surveys:
Thank you for your participation!
WIHousingSearch.org is now available to help you find available homes in your area. This website site provides basic and advanced accessible searches to locate housing that meets individual needs. Visitors can search by proximity, which allows them to find properties within a selected distance from desired locations such as work, school, public transit, or a family member’s house. Other helpful resources such as a rent calculator and links to other housing resources are also available. All searches are free and anonymous.
WIHousingSearch.org is supported by a bilingual call center available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CST). Contact the call center, toll-free at 1-877-428-8844.
This new tool is made possible with funding from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Wisconsin Division of Housing.
The Social Security Administration announced that there will be a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) which will increase benefits 1.5 percent for people receiving Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This increase is effective December 31, 2013.
You can learn more about the cost-of-living adjustment, including COLA facts and frequently asked questions, at the Social Security Administration’s website http://www.ssa.gov/cola/ or by calling
1-800-772-1213. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call the toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The holidays are full of hustle and bustle. There are places to go, people to see, and shopping to do; your workers may have just as many plans as you! Take some time to talk with your workers about holiday time off. The holiday season may change their availability. During the holidays, many offices may be closed or open during limited hours. Planning and preparing for closures can also reduce your stress. IRIS office hours are listed on the Contact page and IRIS Consultant Agency office closures are listed on the Events page. The IRIS toll-free phone number (1-888-515-4747) is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
IRIS wishes you a stress-free, happy, healthy holiday season!
Open enrollment for Medicare begins on Tuesday, October 15, and runs through Saturday, December 7. Enrolling as soon as possible helps the insurance companies and Medicare approve your application and get new insurance cards to you by the beginning of the year (all plans have January 1 as their start date). In most cases, this may be the one chance you have to make a change to your health and prescription drug coverage for 2014.
The open enrollment period is the time when you can make changes to your Part D plan or Medicare Advantage plan or you can enroll if you missed your enrollment time when you were first eligible. Below are the changes that a Medicare beneficiary can make during the open enrollment period:
If you want to review your plans, visit www.medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE. These resources will allow you to compare your current coverage with your medical and financial needs in order to determine the most suitable option available in your area.
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