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AARP Employment Data Digest September 2019

AARP's Public Policy Institute (PPI) publishes a monthly update on employment numbers for people ages 55 and over. This report draws from monthly data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. AARP PPI has recently released its September 2019 version of the digest. Although the job rate growth slowed slightly, the unemployment rate declined to 3.5 percent overall, and 2.4 percent for people ages 55 and older.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71773

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Medicare Advantage Plans and Supplemental Benefit Flexibility

The Urban Institute conducted a series of interviews with Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Advantage experts, and social service providers to better understand how health plans were responding to CMS’s new flexibility with regards to supplemental benefits. This report presents the findings from these interviews. It also explores possible policy changes to further support supplemental benefits and describes what funding and resources are available for state to administer these benefits.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71772

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Enticing Dually Eligible Beneficiaries to Enroll in Integrated Care Plans

The Financial Alignment Initiative (FAI) is intended to improve the quality of care and reduce spending for low-income people who are dually eligible. Mathematica researchers conducted a study to identify reasons for the varying participation rates across states. This brief explores the details of two major factors: passive enrollment and demonstration/MLTSS alignment.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71771

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Users of National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) Services

This data profile compares caregivers who used NFCSP services such as education or respite care to those caregivers who did not use these services, including caregivers who exclusively used AAA services. The profile also examines caregiver characteristics including age, relationship to care recipient, and level of caregiving intensity.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71761

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HCBS Conference 2019- Presentations

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference is hosted annually by ADvancing States (formerly known as NASUAD). This event highlights best practices from across the country in home and community-based services. The conference includes federal, state, and local policymakers as well as those who administer, manage, and deliver waiver and other HCBS programs. This link contains all of the slide presentations from the 2019 HCBS Conference.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71741

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Information Sharing to Improve Care Coordination for High-Risk Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan Enrollees: Key Questions for State Implementation

This technical assistance tool focuses on the new “information sharing” requirement for Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans beginning in 2021. The tool explains the new requirement as well as how to address the requirement in mandatory D-SNP contracts.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71731

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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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