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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

The Innovation Center is a new engine for revitalizing and sustaining the Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP programs and ultimately to help to improve the healthcare system for all Americans. The Center, established by the Affordable Care Act, was given the flexibility and resources to rapidly test innovative care and payment models and scale up successful models. Visit the website to read about new initiatives such as Partnership for Patients. There is also an area to share your own ideas.



$10 Million in Affordable Care Act funds to help create workplace health programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the availability of $10 million to establish and evaluate comprehensive workplace health promotion programs across the nation to improve the health of American workers and their families. The initiative, with funds from the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund, is aimed at improving workplace environments so that they support healthy lifestyles and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.



Understanding The Medicaid And CHIP Maintenance of Eligibility Requirements

This fact sheet examines the provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that require states to maintain eligibility and enrollment standards for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.



Up to $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding will help health providers improve care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that up to $500 million in Partnership for Patients funding will be available to help hospitals, health care provider organizations and others improve care and stop millions of preventable injuries and complications related to health care acquired conditions and unnecessary readmissions. This funding, made available by the Affordable Care Act, will be awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center through a solicitation and other procurements for federal contracts announced today.



Money Follows the Person (MFP)

The MFP Rebalancing Demonstration Program was authorized by Congress in section 6071 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) and was designed to assist States in rebalancing their long-term care systems and help Medicaid enrollees transition from institutions to the community. Section 2403 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010, provides an opportunity for additional States to participate and for those States that are presently participating in the program to continue building and strengthening their MFP Demonstration Programs. The MFP Demonstration Program reflects a growing consensus that long-term supports must be transformed from being institutionally based and provider-driven to "person-centered" consumer directed and community-based. See the link to the CMS Money Follows the Person page for additional information and up to date reports.



CMS Informational Bulletin (June 17, 2011)

CMS released this Informational Bulletin covering five important topics of interest to States: Provider Preventable Conditions; Coverage and Service Design Opportunities for Individuals living with HIV; Same Sex Partners and Medicaid Liens, Transfers of Assets, and Estate Recovery; The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan; and CMS Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, tribal clinics and FQHCs.

pdf File CMS Informational Bulletin 6/17/2011 [download]


Answers to 20 Often Asked Questions Raised by Those with Disabilities About the One Year Old Health Reform Law

Report from United Spinal Association prepared in recognition of the first anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's enactment on March 23, 2010.

pdf File United Spinal One Year ACA Report [download]


HHS Announces Community Transformation Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a funding opportunity for national networks of community-based organizations to apply for more than $4 million in cooperative agreements. Community-based organizations will play a key role in building a healthier nation, and these funds will help support, disseminate, and amplify the evidence-based strategies of the Community Transformation Grants (CTG) program in communities nationwide, including rural and frontier areas and in those areas with health disparities.



Obama Administration releases National Prevention Strategy

Members of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, including Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin (Chair), as well as Senator Tom Harkin and Domestic Policy Council (DPC) Director Melody Barnes, announced the release of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life through building health and safe community environments; expanding quality preventive services in both clinical and community settings; empowering people to make healthy choices; and eliminating health disparities. The National Prevention Strategy was called for under the Affordable Care Act.



Health reform for young adults to age 26

The new health reform law offers several benefits for young adults. This video outlines these benefits, such as allowing young adults to remain on their parents' health plan until they turn 26. Featuring Sara Collins, vice president for the Affordable Health Insurance Program at The Commonwealth Fund.



How does health reform expand Medicaid, and who pays?

The health reform law will expand Medicaid coverage to 16 million Americans, beginning in 2014. This video explains who will be newly eligible for Medicaid, and how the expense for these new Medicaid recipients will be divided between the federal government and state governments. Featuring Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation and executive director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.



Approximately $40 million in Affordable Care Act funds for statewide chronic disease prevention programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the availability of approximately $40 million to strengthen and better coordinate activities within state and territorial health departments aimed at preventing chronic diseases and promoting health. Created by the Affordable Care Act, this initiative targets the nation's five leading chronic disease-related causes of death and disability: heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis.



HHS Secretary Sebelius speaks at NDRN Annual Conference

AUCD was in attendance when U.S. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addressed the National Disability Rights Network at their annual meeting on Tuesday. Her focus was on how the Affordable Care Act impacts people with disabilities. In her remarks she includes information on the Administration's efforts to implement the Community First Choice Option and the Community Living Assistance and Supports (CLASS) Act program; provides information on grant opportunities through the Money Follows the Person systems change efforts and new grants from the SAMHSA to help integrate primary and behavioral health care; and updates on coordinated efforts with HUD to find affordable housing in the community. Finally, Secretary Sebelius discusses the dangerous threats to Medicaid under the House Republican Budget plan and urges us to be part of the national conversation on these issues. Her entire speech is available through the link provided.



New Affordable Care Act support to improve care coordination for nearly 200,000 people with Medicare

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice (FQHC APCP) demonstration project, a new Affordable Care Act initiative that will pay an estimated $42 million over three years to up to 500 FQHCs to coordinate care for Medicare patients. This demonstration project, operated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in partnership with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), will test the effectiveness of doctors and other health professionals working in teams to improve care for up to 195,000 Medicare patients.



Affordable Care Act Provisions Relating to the Care of Dually Eligible Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries

This issue brief identifies the major provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are designed to improve care and streamline service delivery for dual eligibles, the millions of low-income seniors and younger persons with disabilities who are enrolled in both the Medicaid and Medicare programs.

pdf File Affordable Care Act Provisions Relating to the Care of Dually Eligible [download]
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