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Retirement Security: Other Countries' Experiences with Caregiver Policies

GAO recently published a report to examine how other countries provide support to family caregivers, challenges present in these approaches, and the development of HHS’ national family caregiving strategy. GAO researched caregiver policies from Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, which focused on employment flexibility, income support, and pension credits for family caregivers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72212

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Caregivers in Crisis: Caregiving in the Time of COVID-19

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) recently released a report with the results of a survey of caregivers nationwide. RCI surveyed caregivers through its partner network and 422 provided responses in the summer of 2020. The study sought to explore the direct experience of caregiver stress since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey includes data on financial stressors, medical stressors, isolation, and other factors affecting caregiver stress in the pandemic.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72210

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Fair Labor Standards Act: Observations on the Effects of the Home Care Rule

The GAO released a report on the impacts of the 2013 regulation that revised the domestic service employment and companionship services under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This rule, which became effective in 2015, had the effect of extending minimum wage and overtime protections to a broader range of home care workers, many of whom provide Medicaid-funded home and community based services (HCBS).

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72194

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Integrated Care Programs for Dually Eligible Individuals in the Era of COVID-19: Response Efforts and Policy Recommendations

CHCS and Speire Healthcare Strategies released a report about COVID-19 response efforts from states and health plans that offer integrated care programs for duals. People who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are among the nation’s most vulnerable to the coronavirus. The report outlines opportunities to support integration and identifies opportunities to strengthen programs and policies to best support the dual eligible population during the pandemic and in the future.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72191

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Nutrition Initiatives During COVID-19: Findings from State Aging and Disability Agencies

During the COVID-19 pandemic, health risks and financial burdens for certain at-risk populations can make access to food challenging. This issue brief explores the adjustments that states have made to nutrition programs. The brief highlights examples of opportunities available and changes that states have made to ensure older adults and persons with disabilities have access to food during the pandemic. Data and findings are drawn from the ADvancing States 2020 COVID-19 Membership Survey.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72189

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State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit: Policy Considerations for States Expanding Use of Telehealth - COVID-19 Version

CMS released a new supplement to its State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit that provides new examples and insights into lessons learned from states that have implemented telehealth changes. The toolkit includes approaches and tools states can use to communicate with providers on utilizing telehealth. The toolkit includes updates and consolidates the FAQs and resources for states to consider as they begin planning beyond the temporary flexibilities provided in response to the pandemic.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72188

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State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit: Policy Considerations for States Expanding Use of Telehealth - COVID-19 Version: Supplement #1

The updated supplemental information is intended to help states strategically think through how they explain and clarify to telehealth providers and other stakeholders which policies are temporary or permanent. It also helps states identify: • Services that can be accessed through telehealth • Which providers may deliver those services • Ways providers may use in order to deliver services through telehealth, • Circumstances under which telehealth can be reimbursed once the PHE expires

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72187

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Reimbursement for Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs in the Community: Strategies and Approaches to Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Coverage

NCOA and Health Management Associates (HMA) have released a new report detailing eight strategies and approaches to expand funding for evidence-based health programs. NCOA and HMA reviewed five states and one city- California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, New York City, and Washington- with community-based organizations that have strong partnerships with Medicaid agencies and managed-care organizations.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72186

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Person-Centered Planning Facilitation: Summary of Research and Findings

In support of technical assistance to Idaho, the NCAPPS team prepared a Person-Centered Planning Facilitation Report which explores the experience of states that have specifically included plan facilitators in their HCBS waivers – including the circumstance under which the states deploy plan facilitators, the rates paid to facilitators, and the training requirements.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72185

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Engaging People Who Receive Services: A Best Practice Guide

The purpose of this Guide is to assist State, Tribal, and Territory human service systems to fully and effectively including people who receive services in system planning and improvement efforts. It is relevant for all systems that support older adults and people with disabilities. This guide was originally developed as part of technical assistance activities through the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS)

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72184

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