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Emerging Technologies to Support an Aging Population

This report explores innovations that have the potential to improve quality of life for Americans who live with physical or cognitive burdens due to aging or disability. The report identifies six opportunities for emerging technologies to help Americans live longer, healthier, and more independent lives. These six areas are: Key activities of daily living, Cognition, Communication and social connectivity, Personal mobility, Transportation, and Access to healthcare.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71191

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State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies’ Early Implementation Experiences with Pre-Employment Transition Services

This report is one of three reports released around the same time from Mathematica Policy Research focusing on how transition services are being used for youth with disabilities. This report examines states' experiences with a new mandate requiring them to provide pre-employment transition services available to all students with disabilities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70540

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Potential Strategies to Improve the Employment Outcomes of Youth SSI Recipients

This report is one of three reports released around the same time from Mathematica Policy Research focusing on how transition services are being used for youth with disabilities. This report outlines evidence-based strategies to promote sustained, gainful employment for youth with disabilities who are receiving SSI.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70539

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Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: A Look at the Data and Evidence

This issue brief summarizes the current evidence surrounding the effects of Medicaid expansion on coverage, access, affordability, health outcomes, and economic indicators. The paper draws primarily from evidence examined in 202 studies reviewed in a previous KFF literature review on this subject.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70484

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Examining Oral Health Care Utilization and Expenditures for Low-Income Adults

This brief analyzes dental service use and cost data for non-elderly Medicaid-enrolled adults by individual, community, and state-level factors. This brief is intended to help stakeholders identify opportunities to improve access to care and, ultimately, achieve sustainable oral health improvements for low-income adults.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/69939

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Medicaid Section 1915(c) Waiver Data based on the CMS 372 Report, 2013 – 2014

This report from Truven Health Analytics describes section 1915(c) home and community based services waiver programs. Over 1.6 million people received section 1915(c) waiver services in 2014; this is a 5 percent increase from 1.5 million in 2013. Furthermore, the number of section 1915(c) waiver participants has increased by an average of 4 percent per year since 2009. Participants received services for an average of 10 months in 2014, as in previous years.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/69849

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Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports Beneficiaries in 2013

This report provides information about Medicaid LTSS beneficiaries in 2013. The report estimates that approximately 5.2 million people received Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports (LTSS) during calendar year 2013. This data includes state-reported estimates for managed LTSS programs. 72 percent of LTSS beneficiaries received home and community-based services (HCBS), including people who received institutional services during the year.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/69848

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National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging 2017

A national survey of Area Agencies on Aging is conducted every two to three years. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) has released their 2017 survey report. They surveyed 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), with 412 completing the survey, to discover what services they commonly offer, how AAAs address funding, and what their policy priorities are.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/69602

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Medicaid in Small Towns and Rural America: A Lifeline for Children, Families, and Communities

University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and the University of North Carolina NC Rural Health Research Program (NC RHRP) studies the effects of Medicaid on rural areas and small towns as opposed to dense metropolitan areas. Since the implementation of the ACA, those who are covered by insurance have noticeably increased the number of Americans who are insured.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/69564

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Fiscal Survey of the States: Spring 2017

The National Association of State Budget Officers has a semi-annual report, with data gathered from all 50 state budget offices, that provides a narrative analysis of the fiscal condition of the states and data summaries of state general fund revenues, expenditures, and balances. The spring edition of the survey of the states details governors' proposed budgets.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/69562

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