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Long-Term Care in Health Care Reform: Policy Options to Improve Both

This policy brief presents four options that merit serious consideration in the current health care reform discussions. The first two options would improve long-term care for people with low incomes and limited financial resources. Review ideas on expanding Medicaid support for home and community-based services and improve coordination of medical and long-term care for Medicare-Medicaid “Dual Eligibles”. Poll results also gauge interest in reform if long-term services and supports were included.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51993

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Maryland Bridge Subsidy Demonstration Program

The Demonstration aims to provide 75 to 100 low-income residents with rental assistance for up to 3 years as they wait for permanent housing assistance. A process map showing how a subsidy is provided, marketing materials, sample contracts, and several worksheets for gathering unit and participant information and determining assistance eligibility and amount are given here.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51936

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Who are Direct-care Workers? Fact Sheet

Here are demographic, employment, and income characteristics of one of the largest and fastest-growing workforces in the country. Due to this dynamic, understanding the direct care workforce is critical for effective service delivery and policy making in areas from health reform to economic growth. Key figures include job titles and responsibilities, employment status, work setting, wages and benefits.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51878

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA): Medicaid and Health Care Provisions

This fact sheet examines the assistance for Medicaid programs and key health provisions in the ARRA that President Obama signed into law on February 17, 2009. Subjects covered include the temporary increase in federal matching money for state Medicaid programs, subsidies for COBRA health coverage for laid off workers and funding for health information technology. It includes a breakdown of additional federal allocations to states for Medicaid costs under the act.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51870

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Informational Materials for the MBIWD Project - Ohio

In this collection of informational materials, Ohio outlines what its Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities (MBIWD) program is. Documents include an explanatory booklet, flyer and fact sheets. A website link with the government site that houses these documents, application forms and additional information is also included. While this material was intended for consumer use, it could serve as a guide to other states contemplating or running a similar MIG program.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51857

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Indiana Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Programs: A Guide for Consumers

One way Indiana communicates with HCBS waivers consumers is via this document. Updated periodically, it describes available waivers and what services they cover, eligibility requirements, quality assurance mechanisms and the rights of the consumer. It also provides instructions for applying, contact information for other HCBS resources, and tips on choosing good providers. The guide comes with a feedback and evaluation survey.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51801

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The Role of the Older Americans Act in Providing Long-Term Care

The Older Americans Act (OAA) gave rise to important HCBS programs such as the Choices for Independence initiative, ADRCs, and Nursing Home Diversion grants. Here is a concise summary of the legislation, its reauthorization in 2006, and data on the types of support provided under these programs, recipients, and expenditures.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51776

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Home and Community Based Waivers and Self Employment – fact sheet

Medicaid waivers funds can be used to support self-employment, but may not be used directly to fund the development of a business. This factsheet provides answers to questions about how to leverage waivers supports for self-employment while complying with these regulations. It also outlines eligibility requirements and presents short case studies.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51732

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