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Selected Characteristics of 10 States With the Greatest Change in Long-Term Services and Supports System Balancing, 2012–2016

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services released a report that profiled the 10 states with the greatest change in Long-Term Services and Support (LTSS) system balancing. The report highlights characteristics of the 10 states and compares their change in LTSS system balancing with other states and provides a national overview on LTSS system balancing. State profiles consist of characteristics and strategies states utilized in their progress towards rebalancing their LTSS systems.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71673

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Home and Community-Based Services Beyond Medicaid: How StateFunded Programs Help Low-Income Adults with Care Needs Live at Home

This paper focuses on how state-funded home and community-based services programs can support low-income older adults. It highlights promising practices that support maximum independence for low-income older adults and/or people with physical disabilities and their family caregivers. The paper explores programs across nine states, including Washington state’s emerging innovation: the Medicaid Transformation demonstration.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71163

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State Employment First Policies: State Definitions, Goals, and Values

This brief discusses the introduction of Employment First policies in seven states and explores each state’s values, mission, and goals around increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. It is a useful tool both for states wishing to bolster their Employment First efforts and for those looking to begin developing Employment First policies.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70503

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Medicaid: CMS Should Take Additional Steps to Improve Assessments of Individuals’ Needs for Home- and Community-Based Services

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined states’ needs assessment processes for provision of long-term services and supports. GAO studied six states that differed in the following ways: assessment tools in use, participation in federal initiatives, HCBS delivery systems, and geographic location. GAO also reviewed federal requirements and documents and interviewed CMS officials and stakeholders.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70095

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Priced Out: The Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities

This report documents the nationwide housing affordability crisis experienced by people with disabilities. The report discusses how in 2016, millions of adults with disabilities living solely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) found that renting even a modest unit in their community would require nearly all of their monthly income. The report offers policy recommendations to address this crisis.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70024

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Report to the President and Congress: The Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration

This report presents the findings and conclusions of this national evaluation of the MFP demonstration. The MFP Rebalancing Demonstration program launched more than nine years ago. There are 44 grantee states, and as of the end of calendar year 2015, grantee states had transitioned a total of 63,337 Medicaid beneficiaries from long-term institutional care to community residences and home and community-based LTSS.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/69994

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No Wrong Door: Supporting Community Living for Veterans

This paper from AARP describes promising practices on how aging and disability network agencies, Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs), and Veteran Benefits Offices in seven states have forged partnerships to better support Veterans in community living. The paper includes a checklist for these local organizations to enhance collaboration and truly create a “no wrong door” for Veterans and their family caregivers to receive services in the community.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/69916

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Medicaid Section 1915(c) Waiver Data based on the CMS 372 Report, 2013 – 2014

This report from Truven Health Analytics describes section 1915(c) home and community based services waiver programs. Over 1.6 million people received section 1915(c) waiver services in 2014; this is a 5 percent increase from 1.5 million in 2013. Furthermore, the number of section 1915(c) waiver participants has increased by an average of 4 percent per year since 2009. Participants received services for an average of 10 months in 2014, as in previous years.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/69849

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State Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Long-Term Nursing Home Care after Hospitalization

This paper describes strategies used in four highly ranked or significantly improved states, including Minnesota, to reduce the risk of long-term nursing home care after a hospitalization. Included in the paper is a toolkit of resources that can help others learn more and potentially replicate these practices, as well as contact information for experts.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/69820

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