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5/20/2015

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

pdf File May 14th SOTA - HCBS Settings (2).pdf [download]
 
 

5/20/2015

Status Update: HCBS Implementation May 2015

pdf File May 14th SOTA - HCBS Settings (2).pdf [download]
 
 

1/9/2015

National Disability Navigator Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet

This fact sheet is intended to help Navigators identify what issues are unique to consumers with autism spectrum disorder so that they can assist them as they make decisions related to their healthcare coverage.

 
 

9/22/2014

Philadelphia startup aims to help people through Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is working. More than eight million people - many for the first time - have signed up and are covered by health insurance. But that doesn't mean that choosing a plan won't be hard and frustrating. It is, especially for first-time buyers. Settling on the right plan - HMO or PPO? - can be difficult, especially when drugs and doctor networks are taken into account. What consumers need is help in narrowing their options to the ones that fit their needs. Now a company is developing technology to do just that.

 
 

9/12/2014

Information for Veterans Regarding Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare

National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative Fact Sheet #16

This fact sheet is intended to provide Navigators, Assisters and Certified Application Counselors with information about veterans and their eligibility for healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 
 

9/11/2014

Proposed Medicaid Expansion in Indiana through HIP 2.0

Website  from http://kff.org

In August 2014, Indiana submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) a proposal to amend and renew its current its 1115 waiver, "Healthy Indiana Plan." The proposal, which is now open for public comment and subject to CMS approval, seeks to implement the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion in a way that requires waivers of existing federal law.

 
 

9/9/2014

HHS Announces Navigator Grantees

HHS has announced $60 million in grants to Health Insurance Navigator programs in federally-facilitated and state-partnership marketplaces. Grantees include AUCD network members in Arkansas and North Dakota.

 
 

9/8/2014

GAO: HHS's Approval Process for Arkansas Medicaid Expansion Raises Cost Concerns

In approving Arkansas's Medicaid Section 1115 demonstration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gave the state the authority to test whether providing premium assistance to purchase private coverage offered on the health insurance exchange will improve access to care for individuals newly eligible for Medicaid as a result of the ACA. In this review, the Government Accountability Office found that the "private option" Medicaid expansion may not meet cost neutrality requirements of demonstration waivers.

 
 

9/5/2014

Analysis of 2015 Premium Changes in the ACA's Health Insurance Marketplaces

Website  from http://kff.org

With the second open enrollment period of the health insurance marketplaces approaching, this analysis provides an initial look at premium changes for marketplace plans for individuals in 15 states and the District of Columbia that have publicly released comprehensive data on rates or rate filings for all insurers.

 
 

9/5/2014

Community Health Centers: A 2012 Profile and Spotlight on Implications of State Medicaid Expansion Decisions

Website  from http://kff.org

In 2012, nearly 1,200 federally funded community health centers were providing access to care for a predominantly low-income population in medically underserved areas across the country. As health insurance coverage expands under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the demand for primary care increases, the role of health centers is likely to increase, and the ACA's large investment in the health center program provides new resources to help meet growing needs. This brief provides a pre-ACA snapshot of health centers that can help in understanding the impact of state decisions about the ACA Medicaid expansion on health centers as health reform unfolds in the coming years.

 
 

8/28/2014

UPDATED: Status of State Action on the Medicaid Expansion Decision

Website  from http://kff.org

A central goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to significantly reduce the number of uninsured by providing a continuum of affordable coverage options through Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The ACA expands Medicaid coverage for most low-income adults to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Following the June 2012 Supreme Court decision, states face a decision about whether to adopt the Medicaid expansion. This table shows the status of those decisions.

 
 

8/27/2014

Engaging Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees: Insights from Three Financial Alignment Demonstration States

States are enrolling Medicare-Medicaid enrollees in financial alignment demonstrations sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Since dual eligible individuals can opt out of the demonstrations, state policymakers are eager to engage individuals and retain them once enrolled. Doing so will ensure that dually eligible individuals have access to high-quality, integrated services. This webinar explored the lessons learned by three states that have implemented capitated integration models: Massachusetts, Ohio, and Virginia.

 
 

8/24/2014

Descriptive Study of Three Disability Competent Managed Care Plans for Medicaid Enrollees

This report describes the organizational features of three disability competent health systems: Commonwealth Care Alliance in Massachusetts; Community Health Partnership) in Wisconsin; and Independence Care System in New York City. These programs integrate health and social services to deliver patient-centered care to Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries with particularly complex chronic care needs. To provide program operators with useful information about these programs, the report details how staff deliver services and coordinate care for people with disabilities.

 
 

8/20/2014

Approved Demonstrations Offer Lessons for States Seeking to Expand Medicaid Through Waivers

New report from CBPP explains the twenty-six states and the District of Columbia that are now implementing health reform's Medicaid expansion. Arkansas, Iowa, and Michigan have expanded through federally approved Medicaid demonstration projects. Waivers provide states additional flexibility in how they operate their Medicaid programs.

 
 

8/18/2014

Assister Recertification Bulletin

CMS released an assister bulletin that provides guidance on training, certification, and recertification requirements for Navigators, CACs, and non-Navigator assistance personnel in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces. We recommend assisters review the bulletin, which also includes frequently asked questions.

 
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