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Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Service Programs: Data Update - July 2005

Over the last four years, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has been tracking the national development of the three main Medicaid HCBS programs that states can operate: (1) optional 1915(c) HCBS waivers, (2) the mandatory home health benefit, and (3) the optional state plan personal care services benefit. This brief presents expenditures and participant data on all three Medicaid HCBS programs and findings from the survey of policies on 1915(c) waivers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50672

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Medicaid’s Role in Long-Term Care: Q & A

Financing long-term care for the nearly 10 million Americans who need services and supports to assist them in life’s daily activities continues to challenge the nation. While Medicaid is the nation’s major source of financing for long-term care services, paying for over 40% of total long-term care, its role is not well understood. Misperceptions on who qualifies and what is covered are common. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured Q & A’s outlines basic information on Medicaid.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50599

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Understanding Medicaid Briefing Transcript

The Alliance for Health Reform offered a briefing on Medicaid fundamentals, for those wanting to brush up on their knowledge as well as those new to the subject. Speakers included Senator Jay Rockefeller, Alliance for Health Reform, Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Diane Rowland, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured Rodney Whitlock, Senate Finance Committee Republican Staff, Alan Weil, NASHP The transcript, materials, webcast and evaluation are all available.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50545

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An Overview of the Independence Plus Initiative to Promote Consumer-Direction of Services in Medicaid

The Independence Plus Initiative was established to give states expanded opportunities within Medicaid to allow for consumer direction of long-term services and supports. The consumer direction movement continues to evolve rapidly, and this calls for federal and state resources to evaluate new and changing programs. This issue paper explores the difference between IP and Cash and Counseling, the 1115 demonstration, IP and HCBS Waivers, and outlines policy implications.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50529

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Navigating Medicare and Medicaid, 2005: A Resource Guide for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their Advocates

This guide explains the critical role Medicare and Medicaid have come to play in the lives and the futures of roughly 20 million children, adults, and seniors with disabilities - and gives people new information. This guides answers many questions such as: How do people with disabilities apply and can they get help with the process? What is the policy for covering durable medical equipment? How to appeal coverage decisions? Can a person be employed and still keep their coverage?

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50498

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The New Medicare Prescription Drug Law: Issues for Dual Eligibles with Disabilities and Serious Conditions

This brief examines four key questions that emerge related to how dual eligibles will fare under the Medicare Part D plans starting in January 2006. Given the potential that the dual eligible population could be adversely affected by the current legislation, it may be prudent to give serious consideration to the issues highlighted in this brief as the new benefit is being implemented.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50176

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Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Waivers: Program Data 1992-1999

This report updates and builds upon the Medicaid 1915(c) home and community based waiver data collected for 1992-1997 and for part of 1998 in two previous studies by Charlene Harrington, Ph.D., for the Health Care Financing Administration (Contract 500-97-0002). This work is part of a larger study on the home and community based service program being conducted for The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/49548


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