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Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Connection Intervention Catalog

The Foundation for Social Connection has created a catalog of interventions with the primary goal of advancing social connection, which is now live on their website. The intervention catalog is for companies and non-profit organizations that provide specific interventions (e.g. products, services, and programs) to directly address social isolation, loneliness, and social disconnection. The primary outcome of the intervention should be to foster and build social connection or address social isolation and loneliness.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/75289

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CMS Launches Value-Based Care Spotlight Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched the Value-Based Care Spotlight, a new website that aims to enhance understanding of value-based care (VBC) as a cornerstone of transforming health care with helpful information for both the public and health care providers. In value-based care, doctors and other health care providers work together to manage a person's overall health, while considering an individual's personal health goals. Value-Based Care Spotlight features Patient & Provider Voices, real-world stories that show the meaningful impact of VBC, as well as descriptions of key concepts, such as person-centered care and Accountable Care.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/75284

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New Medicaid Unwinding Resource Hub

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a new online resource hub with Medicaid and CHIP Renewal and Transition Resources for Partners. This virtual hub provides key resources in one centralized location so all partners (e.g., states, beneficiary and provider organizations, and advocates among others) can better assist people with Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) renew their health coverage or find other coverage options that may be a better fit for them. This hub contains the following resources: Resources to help others with coverage Outreach materials by population category Key government actions taken to support Medicaid renewals and transitions...

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/75226

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Center for Transition to Adult Health Care for Youth with Disabilities Launches New Website

The Center for Transition to Adult Health Care for Youth with Disabilities, a national resource center funded by ACL’s Administration on Disabilities (AoD), recently launched a new website to help young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) direct their own transition to the adult health care system. Developed for and by youth with I/DD, the site has a variety of both person-centered and culturally competent tools and resources to help support youth, their families, and health care professionals through this transition. The new website includes resources that are designed to give youth more choice and control throughout their health care transition...

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/75149

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Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7th

Medicare’s annual open enrollment period ends Thursday, December 7. During this time, people with Medicare can compare coverage options, like Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage, and choose health and drug plans for 2024. Medicare Advantage and Part D plan costs and covered benefits can change from year to year, so people with Medicare should look at their coverage choices and decide on the options that best meet their health needs. Coverage changes made during the open enrollment period take effect January 1, 2024.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/75106

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Medicare Open Enrollment Begins

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, the time when Medicare beneficiaries can compare coverage options and choose health and drug plans, began on October 15, 2023, and ends on December 7, 2023. Medicare Advantage and Part D plan costs and covered benefits can change from year to year, so people with Medicare should look at their coverage choices and decide on the options that best meet their health needs for coverage starting January 1, 2024. To help people with Medicare compare health and prescription drug plans during Open Enrollment, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the 2024 Star Ratings for Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans and Medicare Part D plans....

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74998

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New Website Provides Strategies to Support Family Caregivers

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently unveiled SupportCaregiving.org, a new website that offers resources that employers, funders, managed care plans, and states can use to implement the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers. This new web resource provides practical guidance and actionable steps for these stakeholders while also offering informative guides to state officials on key topics such as respite care, the direct care workforce, and state policy strategies aimed at enhancing caregiver support...

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74924

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ACL Expands DIAL to include self-service features

The Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) has launched a new online tool to assist individuals with disabilities in locating local services and resources to support community living. Initially established in 2021 as a national hotline to support individuals with disabilities in obtaining COVID-19 vaccinations, DIAL has expanded its services to encompass housing assistance, accessible transportation, legal aid, and more. This updated website now offers a 24/7 search-by-zip code option to find local services and resources. DIAL will also continue to provide vital information and resources related to COVID-19 vaccinations, helping individuals find vaccination locations...

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74915

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ADVC Launches Vaccination Campaign Focusing on Older Adults and People with Disabilities

As the nation enters cold and flu season, USAging, through the ADVC, has launched a national marketing campaign to encourage older adults and people with disabilities to roll up their sleeves this fall and winter. Launched this spring with funding from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), the USAging-led ADVC is working with nearly 1,600 grantees and partners to inform and educate consumers about the importance of vaccination—and to connect them to local organizations that can help them get vaccinated. USAging’s You’ve Got This campaign is aimed at encouraging older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers and families to stay healthy by getting vaccinated.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74908

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Recognizing the Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (The Rehab Act), as revised multiple times in various years, prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by federal agencies, in programs receiving federal financial assistance, in federal employment, and in the employment practices of federal contractors. In observance of the 50th anniversary of this landmark legislation enacted on September 26, 1973, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) acknowledges the enduring work needed to fully realize its objectives. To facilitate information sharing, they have created a dedicated web page featuring upcoming events, webinars, and additional resources to support the aging and disability networks in recognizing this important...

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74883

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