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12/17/2012

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

 
 

12/17/2012

CMS Guidance on the Medicaid Expansion

This week, CMS released an "FAQ" document to address some ongoing concerns with respect to the Medicaid expansion. In the guidance, CMS reinforces that there is no deadline by which states must decide if they want to expand Medicaid coverage to the optional eligibility group, and clarified that states electing to do so have the flexibility to drop this coverage later. The document also addresses concerns related to implementation of State-Based Exchanges, including what federal funding is available to states to help create and maintain one.

 
 

12/17/2012

Factsheets on Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for low-income disabled children are back in the news, in part because of a recent New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof (see letter from SSI coalition for download). Unfortunately, the program is being subject to some sharp criticism that is based on misunderstanding of key issues related to SSI for poor children with disabilities. Discussion and debates concerning this program should be rooted in facts and data, not impressions, misimpressions, and anecdotes. Here are some key documents released this month which present basic facts about the program and try to clear up some significant misunderstandings.

 
 

12/17/2012

Kaiser Releases Briefs that Examine the Increase in Medicaid Physician Fees for Primary Care under Health Reform

Two new papers released by the Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured examine the level of Medicaid physician fees and the impact of a provision in the health reform law that will raise Medicaid fees for primary care to Medicare levels for many primary care doctors in 2013 and 2014, with federal funds.

 
 

12/17/2012

Kaiser Releases New Brief which Reviews State Efforts to Pick a Benchmark Essential Health Benefit Plan

With states facing a December 26 deadline for recommending an insurance plan that will define the essential health benefits (EHBs) insurers must offer starting in 2014, a new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights EHB benchmark plan selections from the 26 states plus the District of Columbia that have already beat the submission deadline.

 
 

12/17/2012

Kaiser Releases New Briefs that Examine CMS Rules Governing Changes to Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment Under ACA

Two new briefs from the Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured examine changes to Medicaid eligibility and enrollment rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and how such changes are expected to affect those covered by the program, including people with disabilities.

 
 

12/15/2012

ACA Facts: The Community Living Assistance, Services and Supports (CLASS) Act

The ACA creates a national long-term care insurance program to enhance independent community living.

 
 

12/14/2012

ACA Facts: Community Transformation Grants

The ACA administers funding to states to focus on chronic disease prevention and healthy communities.

 
 

12/14/2012

AUCDigest December 2012

 
 

12/14/2012

Developments Newsletter, December 2012, Now Available

Developments is a quarterly newsletter for grantees of the CAAI. Published by AUCD's ITAC, in partnership with AMCHP's SPHARC, this newsletter allows grantees and partners to share current news, activities, events, research, and accomplishments in autism and related developmental disabilities with program faculty, students, and supporters. Sections of the newsletter are regularly devoted to each of the grantee groups, as well as MCHB and our collaborating partners.

 
 

12/14/2012

Five Presentation Mistakes Everyone Makes

We all know what it's like to sit through a bad presentation. We can easily spot the flaws - too long, too boring, indecipherable, what have you - when we watch others speak. The thing is, when we take the stage ourselves, many of us fall into the same traps. Here are five of the most common, along with some tips on how to avoid them.

 
 

12/14/2012

Nine Ways Successful People Defeat Stress

Feeling stressed? Of course you are. You have too much on your plate, deadlines are looming, people are counting on you, and to top it all off, you still have holiday shopping to do. You are under a lot of pressure - so much that at times, you suspect the quality of your work suffers for it.his is life in the modern workplace. It is more or less impossible to be any kind of professional these days and not experience frequent bouts of intense stress. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren't is not whether or not you suffer from stress, but how you deal with it when you do. Here are nine scientifically-proven strategies for defeating stress whenever it strikes.

 
 

12/12/2012

AUCD Members Attend Ceremony Honoring Senator Bob Dole

Barbara LeRoy of the Wayne State University UCEDD, Cynthia Rowland from the Utah State UCEDD, and Robert Stodden, Norma Jean Stodden, and Jean Johnson with the Hawaii UCEDD, were invited to the Senate Dirksen Building for a ceremony honoring and celebrating Senator Bob Dole. This ceremony was sponsored by U.S. International Council on Disabilities and over 50 other organizations, including AUCD, serving veterans and people with disabilities. Senator Dole has been a life-long advocate for services for people with disabilities.

 
 

12/12/2012

Health Disparities Research at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Disability: A National Conference

Call for Proposals Due 01-14-13

AUCD is proud to be one of two co-sponsors of this conference. Organized by six AUCD Network Members and an advisory council, this conference will bring together researchers, advocates, and policy makers in racial and ethnic disparities and disability-related disparities to learn about barriers to health care and health promotion, share work on health disparities, and discuss priorities for future research and action.

 
 

12/12/2012

UCEDD Self-Determination Self-Assessment Checklist

The UCEDD Self-Determination Self-Assessment Checklist provides the UCEDD with a straightforward tool and process to determine the degree to which its policies, practices, and personnel, at a given point in time, are promoting self-determination for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

 
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