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The Biden Administration Announces a New Model to Improve Cancer Care for Medicare Patients

On Monday, June 27, 2022 the Biden Administration announced a new model aimed at improving cancer care for Medicare patients and lowering health care costs. CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation designed the Enhancing Oncology Model (EOM) to test how to improve health care providers’ ability to deliver patient-centered care and consider patients’ unique needs. The model will focus on supporting patients, caregivers, and survivors, while addressing inequities and providing patients with treatments that address their individual needs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73997

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Biden Administration Announces Funding Opportunity to Address Unsheltered Homelessness

On June 22, 2022 The Biden Administration through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a first-of-its-kind package of resources to address unsheltered homelessness and homeless encampments, including funds specifically to address homelessness in rural communities. The $365 million package includes grant funds and vouchers that will enhance communities’ capacity to address unsheltered homelessness by connecting vulnerable individuals and families to housing, health care, and supportive services. This initiative promotes partnerships with health care organizations, public housing authorities and mainstream housing providers, and people with lived experience and expertise of homelessness.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73985

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June 2022 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP

MACPAC has released its June 2022 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP. The report recommends measures that Congress can take to better monitor access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries, improve the oversight and transparency of managed care directed payments, increase access to vaccines for adults enrolled in Medicaid, encourage the uptake of health information technology in behavioral health, and better integrate care for Medicaid and Medicare dual-eligibles. The commission also offers policy levers that states and the federal government can use to promote equity in Medicaid.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73981

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Accepting Proposals for the AIRS Fall Conference

The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) is accepting session proposals for its fall conference, Envision I&R. This conference for I&R professionals will be held October 17-18, 2022, in Baltimore, Maryland. AIRS is seeking proposals across the breadth of I&R service delivery. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73980

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First Meeting of President Biden’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

On June 2, 2022 20 citizen members were sworn in as members of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). The PCPID is now preparing for it's first public committee meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to to 4:00 p.m. ET. Comments and suggestions from people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are strongly encouraged. Comments received by June 30, 2022 will be shared with the PCPID at the July meeting.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73975

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2020 Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment and Program Characteristics

On Monday, June 13, 2022 CMS released the 2020 Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment and Program Characteristics and Data Tables. This national data is broken down by program, population, and individual state. The enrollment data provides a snapshot of Medicaid managed care enrollment as of July 1, 2020.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73974

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Updated 2022 SSI and Spousal Impoverishment Standards

This CMCS informational bulletin provides an update on the 2022 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Spousal Impoverishment Standards. Certain Medicaid income and resource standards are adjusted annually in accordance with changes in the SSI federal benefit rate (FBR) and the Consumer Price Index (CPI). These include some of the standards described in section 1924 of the Social Security Act, which describes the financial eligibility rules that apply when married individuals seek coverage of certain long-term services and supports. Included with this informational bulletin is the revised 2022 SSI and Spousal Impoverishment Standards chart that displays the updated MMMNA and Community Spouse Monthly Housing Allowances.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73955

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CMS Announces User-Friendly Medicare Website

On May 18, 2022 CMS announced several updates to the Medicare.gov website that make it easier for millions of people to access information to compare and select health and drug coverage and find providers. The updated website features timely initiatives and messages on the homepage and highlights key tasks and information most frequently sought by people with Medicare, people nearing Medicare eligibility, and their families.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73933

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Request for Information: Older Americans Act Regulations

The Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator of ACL is seeking information on recommended changes, additions, or deletions to Code of Federal Regulation's section on Grants to State and Community Programs on Aging; Grants to Indian Tribes for Support and Nutrition Services; Grants for Supportive and Nutritional Services to Older Hawaiian Natives; and Allotments for Vulnerable Elder Rights Protection Activities, including Subpart A—State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Information must be submitted electronically on June 6, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. ET. All are encouraged to submit electronic comments to: Administration on Aging, OAAregulations@acl.hhs.gov. Include “OAA Regulations” in the subject line of the message.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73902

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Medicare Program; Implementing Certain Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Revisions to Medicare Enrollment and Eligibility Rules

CMS has released a new proposed rule with several provisions related to dual eligible individuals and would impact states. The proposed rule includes provisions to: Limit retroactive Medicare Part B premium liability for states to 36 months, Retire the old stand-alone buy-in agreements and specify that the provisions of a state buy-in agreement shall be set forth in the state’s Medicaid state plan, Extend the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) to cover premiums and cost sharing for individuals enrolling in the new Medicare immunosuppressive drug benefit. CMS is currently requesting comments on the proposed rule.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73876

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