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COVID-19 Medicare Regulation Tracking Tool

This issue brief analyzes COVID-19 related legislative, regulatory, and subregulatory changes to Medicare from January 1, 2020 to July 24, 2020. The brief groups these regulatory changes into nine themes and examines questions regarding the policy changes moving forward. The brief is accompanied by a policy tracker that categorizes all 212 changes based on factors including types of providers and plans affected, effective date, and expected duration.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72115

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State Guide to Identifying Aligned Enrollees: How to Find Medicare Plan Enrollment for Dually Eligible Individuals in Medicaid Managed Care Plans

This technical assistance tool outlines how states can identify aligned and unaligned enrollees within their dually eligible populations. The first option described in this guide is accessing matching CMS data on Medicare enrollment with state data on Medicaid enrollment. The second option reviewed is collecting aligned enrollment data ddirectly from D-SNPs. This guide includes additional resources states can use to collect more information on identifying Medicare plan enrollment for duals.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72114

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Using Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) Files to Identify Dually Eligible Individuals

This technical assistance tool explains how states can identify Medicaid enrollees who are dually eligible and those who are prospective dual eligibles. The guide outlines how states exchange files with CMS through the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) file exchange process to identify these individuals. This resource describes how the monthly MMA file exchange process can benefit both states and dually eligible individuals.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72113

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Work Matters: Making Progress in Employment for People with Disabilities

This new report is an update to a SEED report published in 2016 and includes legislation and executive actions enacted since the 2016 report. These updates are organized into five policy themes for inclusive employment: laying the groundwork, preparing for work, getting to and accessing work, staying at work; and self-employment and entrepreneurship. The updated report also highlights success stories from recent disability-inclusive policy efforts and actions in the states.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72112

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Person-Centered Planning and Practice

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has published the final report from the Person-Centered Planning and Practice Project. This report outlines recommendations from a committee of stakeholders with lived and professional experience in LTSS. The report includes the committee's final recommendations across a number of areas regarding person-centered thinking, planning, and practice.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72105

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AAA National Survey Report: Meeting the Needs of Today's Older Adults

This survey identifies trends and issues in the Aging Network and looks at how AAAs are responding. This new report details the findings of the 2019 survey and includes information on staffing, funding, services, partnerships, and innovative programs. The report is accompanied by the AAA National Survey Report Toolkit.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72099

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Home Modification and Repairs for Older Adults: Challenges and Opportunities for State Units on Aging

This report details the findings from a survey of the 56 state and territorial agencies on aging and disabilities regarding home modifications. The extent to which State Units on Aging contribute to maximizing access to home modification and repair has not been well understood. This report seeks to expand understanding of the role of these state agencies in coordinating access to and providing policy oversight and financing of home modification and repairs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72091

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2019 Profile of Older Americans

The Profile of Older Americans compiles data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to create a statistical summary of older Americans. The Profile focuses specifically on the population aged 65 and older and looks at changing demographics across individual categories, including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72089

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Providing and Receiving Respite Care Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic --- Voluntary National Guidelines for Respite Care Agencies, Providers, Family Caregivers, and Respite Care Recipients

ARCH has developed voluntary guidelines for the operation of respite care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many communities are re-opening, and this document aims to help respite providers plan to resume services in the safest way possible. This handbook includes decision making guides on when it is safe to receive or provide respite, highlights important considerations for respite care during COVID-19, and summarizes key resources for respite agencies and family caregivers to learn more.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72088

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Benefits Access and Enrollment During COVID-19: Findings from State Aging and Disability Agencies

This report provides a summary of changes that states have made to their systems for connecting individuals to benefits and explores state agency changes, challenges, and opportunities related to benefits access and enrollment during the COVID-19 crisis. Data and findings are drawn from the ADvancing States 2020 COVID-19 Membership Survey.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72085

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