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State Studies Find Home and Community-Based Services to Be Cost Effective

The vast majority of people in need of long-term services and supports (LTSS) want to live in their own homes and communities. States have made progress in providing greater access to home and community based services (HCBS) for people with low incomes. Many states have also conducted studies to ensure that HCBS are cost effective. This report contains a summary of a collection of relevant state studies as well as Web links. The study shows states have contained costs as they expanded HCBS.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53371

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Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults

This report provides insight into how transportation services for older adults and persons with disabilities are funded. With a growing population in need of transportation and limited funds for these services, providers need to creatively leverage existing and untapped funding sources to fill gaps in service. Coordination of these limited resources is also key and must be supported by providers and all levels of government. Learn major sources of federal funding that providers can tap into.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53370

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2013 State of the States in Developmental Disabilities

Review a comparative nationwide longitudinal study of public financial commitments and programmatic trends in services and supports for people with IDD which is funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The project maintains a 35-year longitudinal record of revenue, spending, and programmatic trends in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US. Listen to the webinar for highlights on how to use the interactive website to develop tailored charts.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53366

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Toward a More Perfect Union: Creating Synergy between the Money Follows the Person and Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Programs

As increasing numbers of state Medicaid agencies implement both MFP and MLTSS programs, it is important to understand how they can work together to achieve common goals -- shifting the balance of LTSS from institutional care to HCBS settings. This report examines how 5 states have structured the interface between the two programs, including overlap in eligible groups, design of Medicaid payment rates to managed care organizations (MCOs); and how MFP and MCO staff share or divide responsibility.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53357

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The Facts Hurt: A State-by-State Injury Prevention Policy Report

Injuries are the third leading cause of death nationally, and the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1 and 44. This report concludes that millions of injuries could be prevented each year if more states adopted additional research-based injury prevention policies, and if programs were fully implemented and enforced.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53354

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Medicaid’s Role in Meeting the Long-Term Care Needs of America’s Seniors

This brief examines Medicaid's key role in meeting the long-term care needs of seniors in the United States, particularly those with limited incomes. Medicaid is the nation's primary payer of long-term services and supports, and state Medicaid programs provide a range of long-term care services. The brief includes state-by-state data on Medicaid enrollment and expenditures for elderly beneficiaries.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53353

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Getting into Gear for 2014: Briefing, Survey Examine 2013 Data From 50-State Survey of Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility and Enrollment Policies

As 2014 approaches, many states are preparing for implementation of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) law, including a new streamlined Medicaid enrollment system and, at states' option, the expansion of Medicaid. It has been found that nearly all states are pressing forward with information technology and process improvements to develop faster, streamlined Medicaid enrollment systems, whether or not the state elects to expand Medicaid coverage under the law.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53352

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Home and Community-Based Waivers for Respite Support

This compilation includes information about state 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Medicaid waivers, which provides the largest federal source of funding assistance for respite. New waiver tables have been added to this compendium for the following states: DC, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Individual tables were also added to the Search Results pages for each of these states in the National Respite Locator under Respite Funding and Eligibility.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53348

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Hunger and Nutrition in America: What’s at Stake for Children, Families and Older Adults

This report identifies ways to effectively address nutrition problems using innovative intergenerational strategies. It lays out a set of recommendations that invite policymakers, business and community leaders, and advocates to: 1) directly engage older and younger community members in tackling the hunger and nutrition challenges, 2) view people of different generations as problem-solves and sources of supports for each other, 3) cultivate the leadership qualities in people of all ages.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53345

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National Summary of State Medicaid Managed Care Programs - 2011

This report is composed annually by the Data and Systems Group (DSG) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It provides descriptions of the states’ Medicaid managed care programs as of July 1, 2011. The report is organized by 1915(b), 1115, 1932(A), 1915(A), Concurrent 1915(B/C), Concurrent 1915(A/C), 1932, 1937, and PACE programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53320

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