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Reimagining Aging in America: A Blueprint to Create Health and Economic Security for Older Adults

US Senator Bob Casey (ranking member, Special Committee on Aging) has released a new report on how COVID-19 has exacerbated the challenges facing older Americans. The report outlines a blueprint for addressing the problems older adults face and highlights the services necessary to ensure Americans can age with dignity. This report contains policy recommendations that address three main areas: health care, economic security, and social supports.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72152

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State Views on Program Administration Challenges

This report highlights results from a 50-state GAO survey on what challenges states are experiencing related to federal Medicaid regulations. As part of the survey, GAO conducted interviews with state Medicaid officials to identify the areas of greatest concern. This report identifies four program areas that were rated as significant or moderate challenges to effective program administration. GAO also discusses potential federal actions to address these challenges

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72066

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Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Enrollment and Spending

This brief includes the latest (FY 2018) Medicaid HCBS enrollment and spending data from KFF’s 18th annual 50-state survey. It contains data about per-enrollee spending on HCBS by target population and HCBS waiver waiting lists. This issue brief also includes tables with detailed state-level data. One key finding analyzed here is that most HCBS enrollees receive services provided at the state option.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71917

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NASBO 2019 State Expenditure Report

This updated annual report examines spending in the functional areas of state budgets and includes fiscal 2017-2019 data. The report looks at spending in the areas of elementary and secondary education, higher education, public assistance, Medicaid, corrections, transportation, and all other. It includes state-by-state breakdowns, highlights data on capital expenditures by program area, and reviews revenue sources.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71836

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Health Insurance State Innovation Waivers and Older Adults: A Guide for States

Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers can help improve the health insurance market and lower premiums for consumers, including older adults, but can also cause harm if used the wrong way. This guide provides background on State Innovation Waivers and highlights five key steps that states should take to understand and evaluate the impact of these waivers on older adults.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71727

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November 2018 Medicaid & CHIP Enrollment Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released their monthly report for November 2018 on Medicaid and CHIP application, eligibility determination, and enrollment data. This report includes point-in-time data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including the number of applications submitted directly to Medicaid and CHIP agencies, the number of eligibility determinations made on these applications, and the total number of individuals enrolled in the Medicaid and CHIP programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71138

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Medicaid: What to Watch in 2019 from the Administration, Congress, and the States

This brief highlights the importance of ongoing litigation around the ACA and discusses Medicaid demonstration waiver activities. It also addresses the recent passage of bi-partisan legislation with new tools and financing that states can use to strengthen their response to the opioid crisis. Finally, the brief reviews issues including Medicaid financing for Puerto Rico and USVI; Medicaid and public charge changes; and reforms in benefits, payment and delivery systems.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71071

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October 2018 Medicaid & CHIP Enrollment Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released their monthly report for October 2018 on Medicaid and CHIP application, eligibility determination, and enrollment data. This report includes point-in-time data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including the number of applications submitted directly to Medicaid and CHIP agencies, the number of eligibility determinations made on these applications, and the total number of individuals enrolled in the Medicaid and CHIP programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71037

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