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Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) Informational Bulletin

On February 22, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) put on display at the Federal Register a final rule that establishes a process to promote State & Federal transparency for Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) demonstrations. The rule is designed to ensure public input in the development, review, & approval of Medicaid and CHIP demonstration projects under section 1115 of the Social Security Act. The final rule will be effective starting April 27, 2012.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53057

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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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Federal Funding and Support for Respite: Building Blocks for Lifespan Respite Systems

This guide lays out information about each federal program that provides or could provide respite funding or support. It is meant to be used by state Lifespan Respite Care Programs & their partners to help identify the funding sources that could be the building blocks for the state’s Lifespan Respite systems, help serve the underserved, build respite capacity & quality and help recruit & retain respite workers, and identify individuals who administer funds for future partnerships.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53044

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Affordable Care Act: Opportunities for the Aging Network

The Administration on Aging (AoA) has a new page on its website that highlights program and funding opportunities within the Affordable Care Act that relate to the mission and vision of AoA and the Aging Network. Topics covered include Medicare and Medicaid, prevention, and webinars and technical assistance resources.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53036

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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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Performing Under Pressure: Annual Findings of a 50-State Survey of Eligibility, Enrollment, Renewal, and Cost-Sharing Policies in Medicaid and CHIP, 2011-2012

Despite continued fiscal pressures on states, eligibility policies remained stable in nearly all state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs during 2011. Moreover, many states used technology to increase program efficiency and streamline enrollment. The "maintenance of eligibility" requirement in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) played a key role in preserving coverage levels. Without it, more states likely would have limited eligibility or tightened enrollment procedures.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53032

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CMS Informational Bulletin: Implementation of Section 3309 of the Affordable Care Act

This bulletin provides information that CMS hopes will be helpful to States as they work to implement section 3309 of the Affordable Care Act which eliminates Part D cost-sharing for full benefit dual eligible individuals receiving home and community-based services. The effective date for Section 3309 is January 1, 2012.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53031

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CMS Informational Bulletin: Guidance on Section 6501 of the Affordable Care Act

This bulletin clarifies earlier guidance the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provided in a May 31, 2011 Informational Bulletin and accompanying Frequently Asked Questions on section 6501 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 6501 of the ACA amends a section of the Social Security Act and requires State Medicaid agencies to terminate the participation of any individual or entity if terminated under Medicare or any other State Medicaid plan.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53030

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State of the States Survey 2011: State Aging and Disability Agencies in Times of Change

State aging & disability agencies are operating in an era of state agency reorganization, re-conceptualization of state government, & restructuring of long-term services & supports delivery systems & financing. Key elements driving continued change include the economic environment, ACA implementation, uncertainty in the federal budget particularly with the failure of the Congressional Super Committee, changes in state level leadership, & the 2012 elections.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53027

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Home and Community-Based Service Waivers, Total Number of Medicaid 1915(c) in 2008

The latest HCBS data from The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the University of California at San Francisco analysis of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Form 372 have been added and are available for all states and the nation for 2008. This website allows you to do an interactive search. Review the updated topics including total HCBS waivers, participants by waiver type, home health expenditures, and personal care participants.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53026

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