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The ACA in California: Briefing and Panel Discussion

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In the first of many events to highlight Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation in the states and on the front lines across the country, the Kaiser Family Foundation partnered with the Blue Shield of California Foundation to examine ACA implementation in California (CA) at a briefing and panel discussion. State and county officials, experts and advocates discussed the latest developments and lessons learned about the ACA implementation in California, a state with seven million uninsured people, which is expanding its Medicaid program and running a state Marketplace.



Rehabilitation and Habilitation Services and Devices

A Fact Sheet from the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative

This fourth fact sheet in the NDNRC series is intended to help Navigators answer specific questions that people with disabilities might ask about rehabilitation and habilitation services and devices benefits when they are considering buying health insurance through the Marketplace



CMS 2015 Draft Letter to Issuers in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace: Network Adequacy and Inclusion of Essential Community Providers

Summary and Analysis from Health Reform GPS

On February 4, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Draft Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM). Comments were due by February 25, to be followed by a revised letter. This update from Health Reform GPS reviews key provisions of the Letter and identifies key issues to watch in the final revised letter.



New Tool from Community Catalyst to Assess and Improve Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

A new tool from Community Catalyst can help advocates promote more consumer-focused Medicaid managed long-term services and supports by making it easier to identify weaknesses and promote better practices.



Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations: Program Characteristics in Leading Edge States

The need to foster integrated care delivery and address social determinants of health has led to the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in Medicaid. With support from The Commonwealth Fund, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has been working with leading-edge states to accelerate ACO program implementation. The following matrix presents key features and requirements for ACO programs in seven of the states participating in the Medicaid ACO Learning Collaborative: Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont.



Visualizing Health Policy: Physicians and Medicare

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This month�s Visualizing Health Policy takes a look at physicians and Medicare, including information about Medicare�s payment formula for physicians and about access to health care for people covered by Medicare.



Frontier Community Health Integration Project Demonstration

The Frontier Community Health Integration Project Demonstration aims to develop and test new models of integrated, coordinated health care in the most sparsely-populated rural counties with the goal of improving health outcomes and reducing Medicare expenditures.



Arkansas Medicaid Fight All About the Math

A Conversation with Governor Mike Beebe

In this conversation with Health Affairs and Kaiser Health News, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says his strategy to win over state lawmakers skeptical about continuing the state's Medicaid expansion is to show them the money.



Webinar Archive: The ACA and What it Means for Black Americans

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This webinar from the Kaiser Family Foundation provided an update on insurance enrollment efforts in different states and on what we knew about enrollment to date in the Marketplaces and Medicaid. The webinar also discussed how state Medicaid expansion decisions were expected to affect Blacks in the U.S. Presenters included Director of State Health Reform Jennifer Tolbert; Director of the Disparities Policy Project Samantha Artiga; and Senior Policy Analyst Jessica Stephens.



Wisconsin's BadgerCare Program and the ACA

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This brief provides an overview and history of the BadgerCare Plus and how the waiver relates to the ACA.



Implementing Health Reform: Medicaid Asset Rules and the Affordable Care Act

On February 23, 2014, the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services released a State Medicaid Directors Letter analyzing the application of Medicaid liens, estate recoveries, transfer-of-asset rules, and post-eligibility income rules to individuals who become eligible for Medicaid because of their modified-adjusted gross income (MAGI). This Health Affairs blog post explains the context and content of the letter.



Medicaid Director Letter on Asset Recovery Rules for Medicaid Expansion Groups

Medicaid asset recovery state options that pre-dated the ACA have gained attention recently as individuals enroll in the Medicaid Expansion. This Medicaid Director letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) explains how the asset recovery rules apply.



Webinar: Friends of NCBDDD & ACA Implementation: National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative

Webinar Date: March 6, 2014

The Friends of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) present this webinar on the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) which provides disability information and support to navigators and other enrollment specialists as they assist consumers with enrollment through the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces.



Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health Care: Promising Medicaid Models

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Many individuals receiving care for behavioral health conditions also have physical health conditions that require medical attention, and the inverse is also true. Unfortunately, our physical and behavioral health care systems tend to operate independently, without coordination between them, and gaps in care, inappropriate care, and increased costs can result. This brief examines five promising approaches currently underway in Medicaid to better integrate physical and behavioral health care.



Alternative Medicaid Expansion Models: Exploring State Options

This brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) outlines key program design features of alternative Medicaid expansion models. The brief also describes the premium assistance models that Arkansas, Iowa, and Pennsylvania developed to use Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance, as well as Michigan's proposal to expand Medicaid using a health savings account approach.

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