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Informational Bulletin: Opportunities to Increase Enrollment in Medicare Savings Programs

On Monday, CMS published an Informational Bulletin describing ways for states to help eligible individuals enroll in the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), making health care more accessible and affordable. The MSPs cover Medicare Part A and B premiums and cost sharing for individuals with low income. In 2021, over 10 million individuals were enrolled in an MSP.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73237

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Investing in Medicaid HCBS is Good for Medicare

Justice in Aging's new fact sheet, Investing in Medicaid HCBS is Good for Medicare, explains why investing in Medicaid HCBS is good for people with Medicare and the Medicare program. Robust funding for Medicaid HCBS would expand access to services, helping people with Medicare who are dually eligible for Medicaid avoid hospitalizations and other costly care.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73168

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CMS Translates Medicare & You Handbook into Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean

CMS announced the 2022 Medicare & You Handbook will be available in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean, as well as English and Spanish. Medicare & You is a resource designed to help Medicare enrollees make decisions about their coverage. The new Chinese version, along with Spanish, large print, audio book, and braille versions of Medicare & You are available on Medicare.gov.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73111

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Senior Medicare Patrol (CMP) COVID-19 Fraud Resources

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is ready to provide you with the information you need to PROTECT yourself from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse; DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse; and REPORT your concerns. SMPs help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries in the fight against health care fraud. Your SMP can help you with your questions, concerns, or complaints about potential fraud and abuse issues. It also provides information and educational presentations.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72305

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Integrated Care Programs for Dually Eligible Individuals in the Era of COVID-19: Response Efforts and Policy Recommendations

CHCS and Speire Healthcare Strategies released a report about COVID-19 response efforts from states and health plans that offer integrated care programs for duals. People who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are among the nation’s most vulnerable to the coronavirus. The report outlines opportunities to support integration and identifies opportunities to strengthen programs and policies to best support the dual eligible population during the pandemic and in the future.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72191

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De-Mystifying Data: How Medicare Data Can Support Medicaid Agencies

This issue brief from the MLTSS Institute focuses on aspects of delivering effective care to individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dually eligible individuals).The brief provides a primer on the ways that Medicare data can help states better deliver care to dually eligible individuals; it also details information about data sources and other resources available to help obtain and analyze Medicare data.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72175

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Becoming a Medicare Fee-For-Service Provider: What CBOs Need to Know

This guide highlights the benefits and opportunities available for CBOs interested in providing services under Medicare FFS. It describes important considerations including billing and filing processes, culture change, and regulatory compliance. The guide also reviews how to enroll as a Medicare provider and outlines which services CBOs can offer.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72132

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COVID-19 Medicare Regulation Tracking Tool

This issue brief analyzes COVID-19 related legislative, regulatory, and subregulatory changes to Medicare from January 1, 2020 to July 24, 2020. The brief groups these regulatory changes into nine themes and examines questions regarding the policy changes moving forward. The brief is accompanied by a policy tracker that categorizes all 212 changes based on factors including types of providers and plans affected, effective date, and expected duration.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72115

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Take-Up Rates in Medicare Savings Programs and the Part D Low-Income Subsidy Among Community-Dwelling Medicare Beneficiaries Age 65 and Older

This study highlights the systematic barriers that keep nearly three million low-income older adults from accessing programs that help pay for health care. This issue brief shows that one-third of people eligible for Medicare Savings Programs are not currently enrolled. Barriers to enrollment include lack of awareness around the programs or an inability to complete the process. This issue brief also identifies potential policy solutions for improving access to these assistance programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72061

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