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The Affordable Care Act: What Disabilities Advocates Need to Know

The Arc released a new policy report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutionality of the ACA, the disability community must work to better understand the law and the many benefits it can provide to people with disabilities. This will be critical to the community?s role in helping to move states forward with implementation.

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AARP Public Policy Institute Report on Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

Keeping Watch: Building State Capacity to Oversee Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

A study conducted to determine the specific capacities that state Medicaid agencies need to monitor the performance of managed LTSS (MLTSS) programs. It seeks to identify promising practices in state oversight as well as the monitoring capacities that should be in place when states begin to implement new or expanded MLTSS programs. Lessons were drawn from oversight practices in eight states that have many years of experience operating and overseeing MLTSS: Arizona, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.



GAO Report: States' Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

This report from the Government Accountability Office examines what actions states have taken to implement the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, what barriers they've encountered, and states' views on the expansion's fiscal implications.



New Q&A on SCOTUS Medicaid Expansion Decision Released by NHeLP

The National Health Law Program has released their first question and answer fact sheet looking at the impact of the Supreme Court decision on the ACA. It includes discussion of Medicaid expansion scenarios and the maintenance of effort provision.



How Health Reform's Medicaid Expansion Will Impact State Budgets

This report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities examines the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion in light of the Supreme Court's decision and statements from some governors that they will choose not to expand their programs.



Briefing on Health Care After the Supreme Court ACA Decision

This past Monday, July 9th, the Alliance for Health Reform held and the Kaiser Family Foundation held a briefing on the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Affordable Care Act and discussed the implications to the ruling as well as "what's next." Panelists include Dr. Joshua Sharfstein from the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Find materials and presentations from the briefing at the link above.



Interactive Map: Why the Supreme Court's Ruling on Medicaid Creates Uncertainty for Millions

This interactive map shows how many people in each state will gain access if the state expands Medicaid, and how many people would NOT be eligible for tax credits to purchase on the exchange if the state refuses to expand Medicaid.



U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: ACA Medicaid Provisions

Key Implementation Questions

In NFIB v Sebelius the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or the Act). At the same time, the decision adds a new dimension to the implementation of 2001(a) of the Act, which establishes expanded Medicaid eligibility for certain low-income people. This Implementation Brief begins with a discussion of exactly what the Court held in its Medicaid ruling. It then discusses the significance of the majority conclusion, as well as the key implementation questions that arise in the wake of this opinion.



Politico: GOP lawmakers urge states on Medicaid

This article discusses a push among some Republican lawmakers that states drop out of the ACA's Medicaid expansion.



Politico: Medicaid ruling could give red states more bargaining power

This article discusses the response from Governors to last week's Supreme Court ruling on Medicaid.



Health Affairs Blog: The Supreme Court's Medicaid Ruling: 'A Shift In Kind, Not Merely Degree'

This article discusses states' opposition to the Medicaid expansion and how the Supreme Court resolved the issue.



Kaiser releases tutorial on the Requirement to Buy Health Insurance under the ACA

In light of the Supreme Court's ruling today that upheld the Affordable Care Act's requirement that many people be insured or pay a tax penalty, Kaiser Family Foundation released a flowchart to illustrate how that requirement (sometimes referred to as the individual mandate) works.



SCOTUS Blog: Court holds that states have choice whether to join Medicaid expansion

This article explains the Supreme Court's decision with regard to the Medicaid expansion.



Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act

On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision on constitutional challenges to portions of the Affordable Care Act.



Care for Dual Eligibles

This Health Affairs policy brief examines the efforts underway to improve care and lower costs for roughly 9 million people enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, so-called "dual eligibles".

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