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CMS Releases 2022 Access Request for Information Report and Supporting Documents

On December 20, 2022 CMS released a report summarizing the public comments it received in response to the 2022 Request for Information (RFI): Access to Coverage and Care in Medicaid & CHIP. CMS framed the RFI questions across three dimensions of health care access: (1) enrolling in coverage, (2) maintaining coverage, and (3) accessing services and supports. This report includes counts of comments, types of respondents, summaries of common themes across objectives, and cross-cutting findings.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74288

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Community First Choice: Final Report to Congress

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Community First Choice (CFC) Final Report to Congress. This CFC benefit allows states the option of adding home and community-based attendant services and supports to their State plans. The CFC report is required by the Affordable Care Act. The findings from four states that have implemented the Community First Choice benefit -- California, Montana, Maryland, and Oregon-- are described in the report

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/67506

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It Pays to Shop: Variation in Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare Part D Enrollees in 2016

The Kaiser Family Foundation released an issue brief that analyzes the cost of Medicare Part D drug plans, specifically out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries. A major finding from the brief showed that Medicare Part D enrollees may pay thousands of dollars of out-of-pocket costs if they require a specialty drug, even after exceeding the catastrophic coverage threshold. This study's findings emphasize how important it is for beneficiaries to diligently shop for new plans each year.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/67140

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Engaging Providers in Integrated Care Programs for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees: Tips for States

The Integrated Care Resource Center released a brief that offers tips for engaging providers in integrated care programs for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Integrated care programs are successful when a broad spectrum of providers are engaged in the process. This brief provides states with tips on how to engage physicians, hospitals, nursing facilities, and community-based service providers that serve Medicare and Medicaid enrollees.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/66928

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