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Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage: Recent Public Policy Changes and What They Mean for Consumers

The AARP Public Policy Institute released a report outlining the recent changes to supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage. The report explains the major changes in benefits present in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71628

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Beyond Suspensions: Examining School Discipline Policies and Connections to the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students of Color with Disabilities

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has released a briefing report that examines compliance with federal laws designed to protect students of color with disabilities from discrimination, and whether the federal government’s enforcement of these laws protects these students from discriminatory school discipline practices and policies.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71622

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Report to the President and Congress Section 1018 Action Plan for Technical Assistance and Support for Innovative State Strategies to Provide Housing-related Supports to Individuals with Substance Use Disorder under Medicaid

CMS provided the president and Congress a report detailing the center’s action plan to provide support and technical assistance to states delivering supports to Medicaid beneficiaries with substance use disorder (SUD). The report outlines how CMS plans to implement requirements of Section 1018(a) of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act in 2020-2021.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71621

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Understanding Medicaid Buy-in: A Tool to Advance Employment for People with Disabilities

ACL, CMS, and the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) have released a Q&A document to help grantees, stakeholders, and self-advocates better understand the Medicaid buy-in program. The Medicaid buy-in program includes Medicaid eligibility groups that serve workers with disabilities who are earning income and whom states may charge premiums as a condition of Medicaid eligibility.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71620

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Family Caregivers: Examining Caregiver Characteristics, Caregiving Support, and Other Caregiving Dynamics that Differ Between Short-term and Long-term Caregivers

This data profile uses data from the Caregiver Outcome Evaluation Study of the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). It highlights the differences in demographics and the dynamics between short and long term caregivers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71606

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Opioid Use Decreased in Medicare Part D, While Medication-Assisted Treatment Increased

According to this data brief from the OIG, prescriptions used to treat opioid addiction have increased in recent years. At the same time, prescriptions for opioid painkillers have decreased. These positive results demonstrate the value of awareness, drug treatment, and law enforcement efforts in addressing the crisis.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71602

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Evidence for the Impact of the Money Follows the Person Program

This report looks at how states with strong MFP programs compare to states without or with limited MFP programs. Findings show that states with more robust MFP programs reduced utilization of institutional LTSS at a higher rate than other states. In addition, these states also rebalanced their LTSS systems more efficiently compared with other states.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71598

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