Meet Melissa Timmer - Exploring Medicaid, Consumer Choice Option and Independent Support Brokers

April 22, 2022

health and well-being SESSION


Here is an introduction to one of the experts you will learn from in our Health and Well-Being sessions. Don’t forget, there is also an Exhibitor Fair with more than $1000 in prizes at our 10th Annual Together We Can Conference!


Melissa Timmer lives in Adel with her husband and 3 children. Her oldest child was diagnosed with Autism in 2009. Prior to becoming a mom, Melissa attended the University of Northern Iowa and worked as a direct support staff and supervisor for children & adult with disability services. Over the years, Melissa has dedicated time to advocating for her son in the classroom by reading books to his peers about Autism so they would understand him better, attending training opportunities, and being involved in community activities & events for those with different-abilities. That led her to work as an Independent Support Broker (ISB) in response to the lack of reliable support brokers that understood the background of HCBS waiver services and the Consumer Choice Option program. Today, Melissa serves more than 130 CCO members as an ISB.

health and well-being SESSION:
Exploring Medicaid, Consumer Choice Option and Independent Support Brokers


During this session, you will learn about opportunities to provide feedback for upcoming Medicaid improvements. Then, you will explore the Consumer Choice Option (CCO). Families enrolled in CCO can utilize an Independent Support Broker (ISB) to get creative in the way they design and pay for services.