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State Actions Addressing COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

NGA recently published a policy memo including a detailed table that provides an overview of state actions to address COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. The table includes notable actions from states with helpful links to relevant guidance and resources for each state. Updates on additional state actions and examples will be added to the table regularly and states are encouraged to contact NGA with changes.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72172

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Trust, Skepticism, or Rejection: Communities of Color & the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Juanita C. Grant Foundation, in partnership with the National Council on Aging, is convening for a virtual Town Hall Meeting to develop strategies and initiate a Call to Action for communities of color to connect at the local level through trusted sources, in preparation for a COVID-19 vaccine prioritizing older adults. This flyer offers helpful resources for advocates in preparing communities of color for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72168

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Strengthening Family Caregiving Programs and Policies through Collaboration: Lessons from Six States

The Center for Health Care Strategies published a brief highlighting six states – Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Virginia – who have participated in innovative work to boost the support network for family caregivers. The brief includes lesson learned from each of the states’ programs and policies that support family caregivers. Additionally, the brief describes four elements that are essential to making effective changes to family caregiver support programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72159

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Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard 2020 Edition

AARP has released its fourth iteration of the Long-term Services and Supports Scorecard. This scorecard ranks states and DC in order from 1 to 51 on a wide range of issues pertaining to older adults and people with disabilities. The LTSS scorecard has five domains that states are ranked within, and each of those domains has multiple indicators that are used to derive the overall score.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72158

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State Trends in the Delivery of Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports

This brief draws from interviews with states operating new and long-standing MLTSS programs to identify six major trends in the refinement of MLTSS and underlying LTSS delivery systems nationally. The states examined in this brief are strengthening their Medicaid MLTSS programs to serve more LTSS beneficiaries and facilitate the development of integrated care programs that reduce service fragmentation for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees, particularly through Medicare Advantage D-SNPs

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72157

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Money Follows the Person: State Transitions as of December 31, 2019

CMS has released a new report on community transitions that occurred under the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program from 2008 to the end of 2019. The report states that during this time, states transitioned 101,540 people to community living through MFP. In the most recent year (2019), MFP grantee states transitioned a total of 4,173 individuals. The report includes additional information on transitions broken down by population and state.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72151

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Process and Application Changes to Benefit Enrollment Systems During COVID-19: Findings from State Aging and Disability Agencies

This issue brief explores adjustments that states have made to processing eligibility and enrollment for benefits access, including changes to application and supporting document requirements. Examples of opportunities and adjustments that states have made to ensure older adults and persons with disabilities have access to critical benefit programs during the pandemic are highlighted. Data and findings are drawn from the ADvancing States 2020 COVID-19 Membership Survey.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72130

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COVID-19 Medicare Regulation Tracking Tool

This issue brief analyzes COVID-19 related legislative, regulatory, and subregulatory changes to Medicare from January 1, 2020 to July 24, 2020. The brief groups these regulatory changes into nine themes and examines questions regarding the policy changes moving forward. The brief is accompanied by a policy tracker that categorizes all 212 changes based on factors including types of providers and plans affected, effective date, and expected duration.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72115

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