Addressing Budget Shortfalls: The Impact on Indiana’s Family Services

The Arc of Indiana has a page dedicated to learning more about proposed 2024 Indiana Medicaid Waiver changes. You may view the page here for the most up-to-date information.

In recent developments, Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch has brought attention to a significant discrepancy in the budget projections of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). A deficit of a billion dollars has prompted calls for an independent audit to uncover the root causes behind this shortfall.

The implications of such a deficit are far-reaching, particularly for families reliant on FSSA programs, notably the Attendant Care Program. This program provides essential support to parents of medically complex children, compensating them for the task of caring for their own children. However, proposed cuts to this program are now on the table as part of FSSA’s efforts to address the budget deficit.

The prospect of losing this vital support is now a harsh reality for many families. The proposed cuts mean that parents may no longer receive compensation for providing care to their children, a change that could have profound consequences for both the families involved and the children who rely on their care.

The current situation underscores the urgent need for transparency and accountability within FSSA’s budgeting processes. An independent audit, as advocated by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, is essential to uncovering the factors contributing to the billion-dollar shortfall. Only through a thorough examination of the agency’s finances can meaningful solutions be identified to address the deficit without disproportionately impacting vulnerable families.

In conclusion, the current budget shortfall facing Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration demands swift action and careful consideration of its implications. By prioritizing transparency, accountability, and the voices of affected families, policymakers can work towards equitable solutions that protect vital services and support the well-being of all Hoosiers.

To learn more about the proposed Medicaid Waiver changes, visit 2024 Medicaid Waiver Changes | The Arc of Indiana (

Information from WTHR & The Arc of Indiana summarized by A. Dobrzeniecki