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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.

 
 

9/2/2014

The Top 5 States Most Likely to Expand Medicaid Next

Governing magazine explores which states will implement the ACA's Medicaid expansion next.

 
 

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.

 
 

7/24/2014

Financial and Administrative Alignment Demonstrations for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries Compared: States with Memoranda of Understanding Approved by CMS

Website  from http://kff.org

Using new authority in the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching demonstrations that seek to improve care and control costs for people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. As of July 2014, CMS has finalized memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with 12 states to implement 13 demonstrations. This issue brief compares key provisions of the approved demonstrations.

 
 

7/24/2014

State Demonstration Proposals to Integrate Care and Align Financing and/or Administration for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries

Website  from http://kff.org

This map shows the current status of the state demonstration proposals to integrate care and align financing and/or administration for beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

 
 

7/17/2014

Considerations for Integrating Behavioral Health Services within Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations

Medicaid accountable care organizations (ACOs) offer the potential to improve health care quality and control rising costs, particularly for complex, high-need beneficiaries. This brief outlines considerations to guide state Medicaid agencies in successfully integrating behavioral health services within ACOs.

 
 

7/17/2014

Impact of health insurance on the survival of babies born with a heart defect

A new CDC study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked at the link between health insurance coverage and the survival of a baby born with a heart defect (a congenital heart defect).

 
 

7/15/2014

ACAView: First Observations Around the Affordable Care Act

This first report from a new collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and athenahealth found that health providers have not seen the spike in patient volume expected by some.

 
 

7/15/2014

National Survey Finds 10.6 Million People Helped By Navigators and Assisters During the Affordable Care Act's First Open Enrollment Period

Website  from http://kff.org

An estimated 10.6 million people nationally received personal help from navigators and assisters during the Affordable Care Act's first open enrollment period, finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey of navigators and assister programs nationally.

 
 

7/9/2014

Intensive Care Coordination Using High-Quality Wraparound for Children with Serious Behavioral Health Needs

This practical guide, made possible by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, profiles states and counties that have implemented intensive care coordination using high-quality wraparound for children and youth with serious behavioral health needs.

 
 

7/8/2014

Conflicting Views of Supreme Court's Contraception Decision Cloud Other Cases

Kaiser Health News continues reporting on the Supreme Court's contraception coverage rulings, including the Hobby Lobby decision and temporary injunction for Wheaton College.

 
 

7/7/2014

Investing in the Social Safety Net: Health Care's Next Frontier

A new Health Affairs blog post authored by participants in the Center for Health Care Strategies' Complex Care Innovation Lab focuses on the need to marry the nation's health and social safety nets to truly address social determinants of health issues at the ground level.

 
 

7/2/2014

Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

White House Council of Economic Advisors

This analysis, from the White House Council of Economic Advisers, discusses the economic and health consequences of states' decisions not to expand Medicaid.

 
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