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The Rehabilitation Act: Outcomes for Transition-Age Youth

The purpose of this study is to synthesize data on the impact that the Rehabilitation Act has had on the employment and post secondary education outcomes of eligible youth. It examines how well existing vocational rehabilitation (VR) structures deliver effective transition services. It also looks at the effectiveness of collaboration between VR, education, and other service systems. Finally, 11 recommendations for the U.S. Congress and various relevant federal and state agencies are given.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51825

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Short Term Options for Medicaid in a Recession

Recessions deliver a one-two punch to Medicaid by undercutting available public funds and increasing demand for services. This policy brief presents several options for strengthening Medicaid during these periods. Options outlined include: directing federal funding support; quickly reauthorizing SCHIP; simplifying enrollment; easing burdens imposed by the process of proving citizenship; and expanding coverage to those hit hardest by recession.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51808

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Navigating the System

Life is complicated; systems supporting people with developmental disabilities are even more complex. This guidebook is intended to help understand the many systems that may be encountered as a self advocate or someone involved in the life of an individual with a developmental disability. Like a car manual; some of this information may never be needed but if something happens the information is available. Other state programs can use this guidebook as a template to create a similar manual.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51804

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Improving Health Coverage for Americans with Disabilities: Policy Options for the President-elect and the 111th Congress

The author focuses on Medicaid and Medicare in offering healthcare reform suggestions. Both legislative and administrative actions are proposed regarding eligibility and enrollment, access to services, program management and delivery systems issues, and financing. Several options relate to HCBS, such as protecting spouses of the medically needy, expanding eligibility for SSI-related groups, and issuing further guidance on waiver waiting lists.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51789

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Rising Demand for Long-Term Services and Supports for Elderly People

This report provides a summary of how long-term services and supports (LTSS) are financed and describes factors that contribute to uncertainty of the future costs for LTSS, including changes in how LTSS will be delivered. Three projections of future LTSS spending for senior populations under different scenarios are offered. These scenarios differ based on projecting the number of people with varying functional limitations and the resulting need for varying degrees of LTSS.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51763

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Interaction of Medicaid Buy-In and other Federal Efforts to Improve Access to Health Coverage for Adults with Disabilities

The Medicaid Buy-In (MBI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs all provide workers with disabilities options to maintain health coverage if they earn too much for Medicaid or Medicare benefits. The first issue brief explains how these programs compare and interact in terms of eligibility, coverage, populations, and enrollment. The second examines how MBI participants that collect SSDI utilize SSDI work incentives.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51742

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Home and Community Based Waivers and Self Employment – fact sheet

Medicaid waivers funds can be used to support self-employment, but may not be used directly to fund the development of a business. This factsheet provides answers to questions about how to leverage waivers supports for self-employment while complying with these regulations. It also outlines eligibility requirements and presents short case studies.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51732

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Medicaid Work Incentive Network (M-WIN) – West Virginia

M-WIN is West Virginia’s Buy-In program, enabling workers with disabilities to buy Medicaid benefits in exchange premium payments based on a sliding scale. The flyer directs potential consumers to a 1-800 number for more information and to begin participation. The spec sheet gives detailed eligibility information.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51699

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Earn Income and Keep Medicaid in Virginia with 1619(b) – training presentation

Here is an example of a tool used to educate service providers and consumers about how SSI recipients can keep Medicaid through 1619(b) even if the earn too much to continue receiving an SSI check. The presentation covers eligibility requirements and the application process. In addition, it points people towards resources for further help and information if needed.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51687

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