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Fact Sheet: Certification for I&R Specialists - Aging/Disabilities

Certification for Information & Referral (I&R) specialists recognizes the knowledge, skills and professionalism of I&R practitioners. In response to frequently asked questions regarding certification for I&R specialists who work in aging and disabilities, ADvancing States, the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) partnered to develop a fact sheet on the Certified Information and Referral Specialist-Aging/Disabilities (CIRS-A/D).

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/68740

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Medicare and Medicaid Fact Sheets for LGBT Beneficiaries

Justice in Aging published three new fact sheets in collaboration with SAGE, SHIP National Network, and ACL. The new fact sheets are designed to help LGBT consumers learn how recent changes in Medicare and Medicaid may affect them. The Supreme Court’s legalization of same sex marriage changed how both programs evaluate the eligibility of same sex spouses. Additionally, Medicare is covering Gender Reassignment Surgery and issued new rules that protect transgender older adults from discrimination.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/68254

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America's Health Rankings Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities

This third edition of an annual report takes an in-depth look at the health of seniors in America. The report examines core measures of behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care, and outcomes. The findings are provided at a national level as well as in state summaries and rankings.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/66441

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Safety Net Health Plans: Working with Providers in Underserved Areas to Integrate Behavioral Health and Primary Care

Better integration of physical and behavioral health is a critical component of improving outcomes and reducing costs for Medicaid beneficiaries, especially those with high levels of need. This report profiles four examples where the safety net community – health plans, community health centers, community mental health centers, and the centers’ primary care and behavioral health clinicians – have collaborated to develop programs to integrate care for this population.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/65948

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The Coverage Gap: Uninsured Poor Adults in States that Do Not Expand Medicaid – An Update

This report provides statistics and information about uninsured individuals in the Medicaid coverage gap. The Medicaid gap is a term used to describe uninsured individuals who do not have enough income to qualify for ACA subsidies and who live in a state that has elected not to expand their Medicaid program. According to the Kaiser report, approximately four million individuals are in the Medicaid gap across the country. Of the uninsured individuals, 17% are in the 55-64 age range.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/65847

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Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities - Findings from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation 2012 National Financially Capability Study

The National Disability Institute released a report on the financial capability of people with disabilities. The report shared insights on various agencies' work to advance financial capability for youth and adults with disabilities. The report found that people with disabilities are less financially stable than people without disabilities in nearly all categories including making ends meet, planning ahead, managing financial products and financial knowledge and decision making.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/65540

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Checklist: How Consumer Focused Are Your State's Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports?

This checklist is designed to help consumers and other stakeholders assess state Medicaid Managed LTSS. It is based on federal guidance released in May, Community Catalyst’s paper “Putting Consumers First: Promising Practices for Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports,” and stakeholder recommendations on meeting consumers’ needs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/61189

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