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State Chart Book on Wages for Personal Care Aides, 2000-2010

This updated resource provides a state-by-state look at trends in wages for PCAs, the fourth fastest growing occupation in the country, and a key job title within the direct-care workforce. Prepared as a resource guide on wages for advocates and policymakers concerned with the direct-care workforce, the data underscore the problem of low wages for PCAs, factors which contribute to workforce instability and near-poverty incomes for this high-demand workforce.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53085

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The Importance of Federal Financing to the Nation’s Long-Term Care Safety Net

This policy brief from Georgetown University, produced with support from The SCAN Foundation, reviews Medicaid's importance and current funding limitations for long-term care and makes the case for strengthening Medicaid two possible ways - full federal responsibility for Medicare beneficiaries who also rely on Medicaid or an enhanced federal match for Medicaid long-term care services. Each approach carries with it a federal commitment to bear the brunt of a growing elderly population.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53084

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Chronic Disease Self-Management Program State Profiles

How many people have participated in federally supported evidence-based health promotion programs in your state—and who is involved in these efforts? Find out in our new state profiles compiled by NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging. The downloadable profiles provide facts about health challenges facing seniors, as well as state efforts to improve older adult health.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53073

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Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities

State and local disability employment services are operated by a number of different public & nonprofit agencies. Organizations find it necessary to access funds from more than one program, agency, or funding stream. As a result, many program administrators & staff face the challenge of developing strategies to braid disability employment funding. This report profiles four programs that have implemented braided funding strategies to support hiring initiatives with employer partners.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53062

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The Importance of Federal Financing to the Nation’s Long-Term Care Safety Net

This brief reviews Medicaid’s importance and limitations when it comes to long-term care and makes the case for strengthening Medicaid’s safety net in one of two ways—assumption of full federal responsibility for Medicare beneficiaries who also rely on Medicaid (so-called “dual eligibles”) or an enhanced federal match for Medicaid long-term care services.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53053

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National Core Indicators Website

NCI is a voluntary effort by public developmental disabilities agencies to measure and track their own performance. The core indicators are standard measures used across states to assess the outcomes of services provided to individuals and families. Indicators address key areas of concern including employment, rights, service planning, community inclusion, choice, and health and safety.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53051

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Results of Long-Term-Care Provider Administrator Survey

The Affordable Care Act requires the Office of Inspector General to submit a report to Congress evaluating the law’s Nationwide Program for National & State Background Checks on Direct Patient Access Employees of Long Term-Care (LTC) Facilities within six months of the program’s completion. OIG recently conducted a survey of LTC provider administrators, & asked them about current practices regarding background checks on potential employees, & the effects of such programs on the LTC workforce.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53038

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On the Verge: The Transformation of Long Term Services and Supports

Many states are undergoing long-term services & supports (LTSS) transformations. The lagging economy & increased demand for publicly funded LTSS are placing pressure on state policymakers to find solutions. As a result, many states either have or plan to implement Medicaid Managed LTSS, with 12 states having existing programs & another 11 with plans for implementation. Many states used the economic downturn as an opportunity to balance services from institutional to non-institutional settings.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53034

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