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Snapshots of Recent State Initiatives in Medicaid Prescription Drug Cost Control

This issue brief reviews the structure of the prescription drug benefit in Medicaid and the traditional policy levers states have used to control drug spending. It also describes state strategies to contain costs, such as efforts to obtain greater rebates, actions concerning generic drugs and biosimilar alternatives, transparency laws and new efforts to draw on federal resources.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70195

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2017 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and Report

The Institute on Disability has released the latest Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and Report. The Compendium includes many tables of data, including state and national values and trends over time. The Annual Report highlights state and trend data, and complements the detailed tables available in the Compendium & Supplement. The Annual Report includes maps to highlight the variability in disability rates by state, and each map is related to a specific table from the Compendium.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70168

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2016 Disability Status Report: United States

This annual report from Cornell University provides a summary of the most recent demographic and economic statistics on the non-institutionalized population with disabilities. The report includes information about the population size and disability prevalence for various demographic subpopulations. Statistics related to employment, earnings, household income, veterans' service-connected disability and health insurance are also included.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70150

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Medicaid Assisted Living Services: Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare Is Needed

This report examines state and federal oversight of assisted living services in Medicaid. Individuals receiving long-term care services from Medicaid in community residential settings is expected to grow. This report describes state spending on and coverage of these services; describes how state Medicaid agencies oversee the health and welfare of beneficiaries in these settings; and examines the extent that CMS oversees state Medicaid agency monitoring of assisted living services.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70145

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Medicare Beneficiaries’ January 2018 Out-of-Pocket Health Care Spending as a Share of Income Now and Projections for the Future

This report from the Kaiser Family Foundation addresses Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket health care spending. This report highlights the rising medical costs for low-income older adults. It is estimated that by 2030, Medicare beneficiaries will be spending half of their Social Security benefit on out-of-pocket Medicare expenses.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70131

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How Might Medicaid Adults with Disabilities Be Affected By Work Requirements in Section 1115 Waiver Programs?

This issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the implications of work requirements for Medicaid recipients with disabilities. Kaiser’s analysis finds that waivers that condition Medicaid eligibility on meeting a work requirement could affect people with disabilities who have limitations that interfere with their ability to work but do not rise to the stringent SSI level of disability.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70128

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Improving Social Security’s Representative Payee Program

This report outlines concrete steps to protect vulnerable Social Security beneficiaries and recipients. The report includes recommendations for Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and SSA to strengthen the current administrative process, create better monitoring and explore comprehensive, government-wide coordination and cross-agency reform of rep-payee processes.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70106

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Medicaid: CMS Should Take Additional Steps to Improve Assessments of Individuals’ Needs for Home- and Community-Based Services

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined states’ needs assessment processes for provision of long-term services and supports. GAO studied six states that differed in the following ways: assessment tools in use, participation in federal initiatives, HCBS delivery systems, and geographic location. GAO also reviewed federal requirements and documents and interviewed CMS officials and stakeholders.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70095

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Your Money, Your Goals: Focus on People with Disabilities

This is a financial empowerment toolkit from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It is a resource that can help individuals understand the risks and benefits of financial products, services, and actions so they can control their own financial situations and make their own choices. The toolkit includes a set of modules that organizations may integrate into their daily work with the people they serve.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70078

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