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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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Financial Alignment Initiative Washington Health Home MFFS Demonstration: Second Evaluation Report

This report uses a variety of data sources to analyze the impact of the Washington Health Homes demonstration. The Washington Health Homes MFFS demonstration leverages health homes to integrate care for high-cost, high-risk full-benefit Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. This report addresses the demonstration’s approach to integrating the Medicare and Medicaid programs; providing care coordination to enrollees; enrolling beneficiaries into the demonstration; and engaging stakeholders.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70959

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Report for Washington Health Home Managed Fee-for-Service (MFFS): Final Demonstration Year 2 and Preliminary Demonstration Year 3 Medicare Savings Estimates

This report summarizes the Medicare Parts A & B actuarial savings analysis of the Washington managed fee-for-service (MFFS) demonstration for 2015 and 2016. The Washington Health Home MFFS demonstration aims to improve service quality and integration while reducing costs of care for high-risk, high-cost dually eligible beneficiaries. For 2015, Washington demonstrated a final gross Medicare savings of $30 million. The preliminary gross Medicare savings for 2016 are $42 million.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70922

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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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