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12/13/2011

A Closer Look: To Build A Strong Affordable Care Act, Protect Medicaid

This issue brief from Families USA explains that Medicaid is the foundation for health reform and briefly discusses the proposals that could damage Medicaid. Those working to implement health reform need to understand how threats to Medicaid could undermine their work.

pdf File Medicaid-and-the-Affordable-Care-Act.pdf [download]
 
 

12/13/2011

Case Study and Profile: Georgia's Money Follows the Person Demonstration

This brief reports on a case study of Georgia's Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program, describing key features of the program and highlighting recent program experiences. Additionally, brief profiles several Georgia residents who have participated in the state's Money Follows the Person demonstration program, which helps transition people from institutional long-term care back into their homes or the community.

 
 

12/13/2011

Case Study and Profile: Ohio's Money Follows the Person Demonstration (HOME Choice)

The brief is part of a series that will examine different Money Follows the Person programs across the states. This case study of Ohio's Money Follows the Person demonstration, known as HOME Choice, describes key features of the program and highlights early program experiences.

 
 

12/13/2011

Money Follows the Person: A 2011 Survey of Transitions, Services and Costs

A total of 43 states and the District of Columbia have received federal grant money under the program to transition Medicaid individuals living n institutions back into their homes or the community. As of August 2011, nearly 17,000 individuals nationally had been transitioned since the program's inception, up from 8,902 individuals by 2010. These findings and others in the report are derived from a Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured survey of state MFP programs conducted in August 2011.

 
 

12/13/2011

Presumptive Eligibility: A Step Toward Streamlined Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP

This issue brief from Families USA explores how the Affordable Care Act expands presumptive eligibility to help states streamline enrollment and discusses the important role that presumptive eligibility can play in helping low-income people get access to care during and after the implementation of the new law.

pdf File Presumptive-Eligibility.pdf [download]
 
 

12/8/2011

Affordable Care Act support for school-based health centers

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than $14 million was awarded to 45 school-based health centers across the country allowing the number of children served to increase by nearly 50 percent.

 
 

12/5/2011

DOL Guidance on Rebates for Group Health Plans Paid Pursuant to MLR Rules

Guidance from the Department of Labor on Medical Loss Ratio standards for group health plans covered by ERISA.

pdf File DOL Guidance on ERISA.pdf [download]
 
 

12/5/2011

HHS Final Rule on Medical Loss Ratio Requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services that "revises the regulations implementing medical loss ratio (MLR) requirements for health insurance issuers under the Public Health Service Act in order to address the treatment of 'mini-med' and expatriate policies under these regulations for years after 2011; modify the way the regulations treat ICD-10 conversion costs; change the rules on deducting community benefit expenditures; and revise the rules governing the distribution of rebates by issuers in group markets."

pdf File ACA MLR Final Rule - prepublished version.pdf [download]
 
 

11/30/2011

Video short from the Alliance for Health Reform: HOW DOES THE HEALTH REFORM LAW PROMOTE LONG-TERM CARE?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act contains several provisions to help people get needed long-term care in the most appropriate setting. Dr. Chernof, MD, President and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, outlines some of provisions in an easy-to-understand way in this video.

 
 

11/29/2011

States receive more flexibility, resources to implement Affordable Insurance Exchanges

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded nearly $220 million in Affordable Insurance Exchange grants to 13 states to help them create Exchanges, giving these states more flexibility and resources to implement the Affordable Care Act.

 
 

11/17/2011

Coverage of Habilitation Services and Devices in the Affordable Care Act

AUCD signed onto this white paper from the Habilitation Benefits Coalition on the inclusion of habilitation services and devices in the Essential Health Benefits package required by the Affordable Care Act.

pdf File HAB Coalition White Paper [download]
 
 

11/17/2011

Ill-Prepared: Health Care's Barriers for People with Disabilities

A report by the Equal Rights Center outlining staggering levels of federal accessibility violations at hospitals, doctor's offices and pharmacies. Despite the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, significant impediments to service remain for the more than 54 million Americans living with a disability.

 
 

11/17/2011

National Council on Disability urges President to protect CLASS Act

The National Council on Disability sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to oppose repeal of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Program and to continue its implementation.

 
 

11/16/2011

AUCD Signs Letter Opposing Repeal of CLASS Act

AUCD signed onto this letter opposing repeal of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, a voluntary, national program that would help participants pay for their long-term services and supports needs.

pdf File CLASS Repeal Letter [download]
 
 

11/4/2011

A Closer Look: Simplifying Enrollment and Eligibility with Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)

pdf File MAGI.pdf [download]
 
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