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CMS Offering Free HCBS Technical Assistance

CMS, in collaboration with New Editions Consulting Inc. is offering free HCBS technical assistance to states who are: planning on expanding Medicaid home and community-based services, and/or changing approaches and strategies to be more responsive to CMS guidance, stakeholder input, and state priorities, and/or modifying current HCBS programs based on state and stakeholder experiences in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72501

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Crisis Care for Adults With Cognitive Impairment

The University of Southern California's Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work has posted a "Crisis Care for Adults With Cognitive Impairment" resource on their website. This webpage includes a list of the types of cognitive impairment, a guide to person-centered care for adults with cognitive impairment and strategies for health care providers. Source: The MSW@USC, the online Master of Social Work program at the University of Southern California.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72498

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Meeting the Needs of Older Adults Living in Rural Communities: The Roles of Area Agencies on Aging

Using data from the 2019 AAA National Survey, this brief, explores differences and similarities between AAAs serving rural and non-rural areas in structure, budget, workforce and service provision, including home repair and modification, transportation and evidence-based programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72492

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NIA Launches a new Alzheimer's Website

NIA has launched a new website designed to educate and support people whose lives are touched by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Alzheimers.gov is the federal government's portal to information and resources on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal disorders, and vascular dementia. It's goal is to connect people with Alzheimer’s, caregivers and advocates to federal resources that educate and support their needs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72490

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HHS to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

On March 29th, President Biden announced several actions to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, including an exciting partnership between ACL and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase vaccine access for people with disabilities and older adults. Read the news release for more information about funding distribution.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72489

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Better Care Experiences and Quality of Life: New Evidence Favors Managed Care Delivery of Long-Term Services and Supports

This Mathematica article summarizes some of their key findings from a recent study utilizing NCI-AD data. The study contributes important information to the field of managed care long-term services and supports (MLTSS) and quality outcomes. One finding shares “MLTSS enrollees rated their experience of care and quality of life more favorably than fee-for-service beneficiaries.”

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72477

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SAVE LIVES Act allows VA to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers

On March 24, 2021 President Biden signed the SAVES LIVES Act into law, expanding VA's legal authority to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, regardless of their VA health care enrollment status, as well as Veteran spouses, caregivers and some beneficiaries. The expanded authority depends on readily available COVID-19 vaccine supply and requires VA to continue to prioritize vaccinations and healthcare delivery for our nation’s Veterans enrolled in VA care.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72475

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COVID-19 Bulletin: New Findings Show Risk Education Can Save Lives During the Pandemic

BellAge has released new findings from their CV19 CheckUp survey that show risk education can help save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings include that most adults (79%) dangerously underestimate the lethal threat risk that COVID-19 poses to older adults, and when informed of the true magnitude or the lethal threat risks, most of respondents (63%) say they would modify their behaviors to keep older adults and loved ones safe. Download the PDF to read more about their findings.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72472

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