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Taking the Long View: Investing in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Is Cost-Effective

The authors present evidence in support of states investing in HCBS and nursing home diversion as strategies to deal with declining revenue. They review research reports illustrating how the balance of spending on institutional versus HCBS spending affects future long-term care costs. Using these data and case studies of Washington and Vermont programs, they conclude that HCBS is indeed cost-effective.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51893

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A Description and Analysis of the Federal and Selected State Policy Frameworks Regarding Order of Selection Under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act

When states are unable to serve all those eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, they are obligated to use an “order of selection” and first serve people with the most significant disabilities. The paper informs policymakers, agencies, providers, and consumers about the frameworks used by the federal government and selected states to deal with this issue.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51884

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A Balancing Act: AARP Survey on Long-Term Care Reform in New Hampshire

The majority of NH’s long-term care (LTC) expenditures go to nursing homes, despite the fact that only 2% of surveyed AARP members prefer to receive care in that setting. The AARP surveyed 800 randomly-selected members to set their advocacy agenda in the state. Other opinions gauged deal with ability to pay for LTC, personal sources of LTC financing, volunteerism, and voting practices.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51880

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Addressing Family Responsibilities Discrimination

Family responsibilities discrimination (FRD) occurs when workers are unfairly penalized based on family responsibilities, such as caring for a family member that is older or disabled. Despite the growing number of workers with such responsibilities and the dramatic increase in FRD lawsuits, policies in most states do not yet address it. Find here more information on FRD, a summary of proposed and existing state laws, and resources for further research.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51867

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The Arc of Spokane Advocacy & Family Support - Website & Newsletters

Through advocacy and support services, the Arc of Spokane promotes independence, choice, and improved quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families in Eastern Washington. This edition of their newsletter discusses state and county advocacy and politics, words from staff, tax advice, upcoming events, and program information. Check their website regularly for additional issues and news.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51848

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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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Direct-Care Jobs and Long-Term Care: Untapped Engine for Job Creation and Economic Growth

Investing in the workforce has more benefits than improving the quality of care. The long-term care industry employs more people than nearly any other in the U.S. Direct-care jobs are the employment core of this industry and are among the nation’s fastest-growing occupations. Improving the quality of these jobs is not only vital to our social infrastructure, but has the potential to drive economic growth, particularly within low-income communities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51799

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The Role of the Older Americans Act in Providing Long-Term Care

The Older Americans Act (OAA) gave rise to important HCBS programs such as the Choices for Independence initiative, ADRCs, and Nursing Home Diversion grants. Here is a concise summary of the legislation, its reauthorization in 2006, and data on the types of support provided under these programs, recipients, and expenditures.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51776

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2007 Disability Status Report: United States

This summary of demographic and economic statistics from 2007 on the non-institutionalized population with disabilities is meant for policy makers, advocates, reporters, and the public. Data include information on the population size and disability prevalence for various demographic subpopulations, as well as statistics related to employment, earnings, and household income. Comparisons are made to people without disabilities and across disability types.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51774

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ArchiveADA: The Path to Equality – Website

Here is a one stop resource of documents and history related to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). In addition to the text, summary, and legislative history of the laws, you can find advocacy resources, news and analysis. The attached article serves as a general summary of the history of the ADA and the effort to restore its original intent of achieving full civil rights for people with disabilities through the ADAAA.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51758

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