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Archived Webinar: Overview of the ACA and what it means for Michigan

AUCD staffer Rachel Patterson presented this webinar for the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University in Michigan about what's changing (and what's not) for people with disabilities in Michigan due to the Affordable Care Act.



CHIP Financing Basics: Where the CHIP Falls on State Program Design

In this blog post, the second on CHIP financing, the Georgetown Center for Children and Families explains how state program design interacts with the renewal of CHIP.



Updated Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility Thresholds Released

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released new Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)-based eligibility thresholds effective April 1.



Coverage and Beyond: A Foundation for Accountable Care

This post on the Center for Health Care Strategies blog highlights the transformational achievements of the Medicaid Expansion.


6/2/2014 Screener Tool

Today, the CMS launched a new tool, available in English and Spanish, to let consumers know before starting the application whether they are likely to be eligible for a special enrollment period or eligible for Medicaid and or CHIP.



Video Series on Health Insurance Literacy

CMS has published this 10 part video series on tips for consumers to help them navigate their new health plan.



Poll: Majority of Public Say They Haven't Been Affected by the Health Reform Law

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Democrats more likely to say they have been helped, Republicans more likely to say they have been hurt

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that more than four years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and several months into the first year of its coverage expansions, most Americans do not feel personally impacted by the law. Among the minority who say they have felt an impact, more feel they have been harmed than helped by the law, with Republicans more likely to say they have been hurt and Democrats more likely to say they have been helped.



The Affordable Care Act and Insurance Coverage in Rural Areas

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Almost 50 million people, or about 16 percent of the population of the United States, live in rural areas. The populations of rural areas have different demographics, health needs and insurance coverage profiles than their urban counterparts, which means that Medicaid and Marketplace coverage reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may affect the two populations differently. This brief examines these differences in populations and coverage patterns and assesses how ACA coverage reforms will affect rural and metropolitan areas in different ways.



Making the Connection: Meeting Requirements to Enroll People with Mental Illness in Healthcare Coverage

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

This report explores strategies that are useful to increase enrollment of individual with serious mental illness in the Medicaid Expansion and the Marketplaces.



A 50-State Look at Medicaid Expansion: 2014

One of the most important provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of health coverage to low-income families through the Medicaid program. This infographic presents basic facts on where states stand on Medicaid expansion in 2014, along with brief analysis on four states to watch.



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

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This map shows the current status of the state demonstration proposals to integrate care and align financing for beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Over 9.1 million seniors and younger people with significant disabilities are dually eligible for both programs, and as many as 2 million of them may be included in the demonstrations. Dual eligible beneficiaries are among the poorest and sickest beneficiaries covered by either program and consequently account for a disproportionate share of spending in both programs.



Funding Opportunity: State Innovation Models

Required Letter of Intent Due June 6

The State Innovation Models Initiative is providing up to $300 million to support the development and testing of state-based models for multi-payer payment and health care delivery system transformation with the aim of improving health system performance for residents of participating states. The projects will be broad based and focus on people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CMS is launching Round Two of the State Innovation Models initiative to provide an opportunity for continued support to existing Model Design states and partner with additional states to accelerate health transformation.



HHS Releases Final Marketplace Rule

HHS has released a final rule regarding key marketplace standards for 2015 and standards and protections for navigators and other consumer assistance personnel.



Dismantling CHIP in Arizona: How Losing KidsCare Impacts a Child's Health Care Costs

On January 31, 2014, an estimated 14,000 Arizona children lost their health coverage under KidsCare II, a temporary extension of the state's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Arizona is the only state in the country to cut eligibility and phase out CHIP over time. This analysis examines three real-life scenarios of children and their actual use of health care services to determine what their costs would be if enrolled in plans from three different insurance carriers consistently offering the lowest cost QHPs across Arizona's 15 counties.



Health Care Reform: What's in it for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing?

This fact sheet provides an overview of some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that help improve access to coverage and care for children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH).

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