Week of April 9, 2013

Helping Consumers Navigate Affordable Care Act (ACA) Insurance Coverage Options

On April 3, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) released proposed regulations governing federally-funded “Navigators” – people and organizations to help consumers and small businesses select health insurance options. CMS will release RFAs on navigator federal grants in the coming weeks.
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Illinois-New Hampshire-Ohio-Virginia: 7 U.S. Department of Justice ADA Barrier-Free Health Care Settlements

April 4 DOJ  ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) announcement.
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State-by-State Look at Public Health Funding and Facts

Annual Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report.
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New Resource Center on Community Health Assessments

New resource center and website launched by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), announced April 2 by CDC.
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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Publishes 2013-2017 Research Priorities

April 4 NIDRR announcement.
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Adaptive Sports for Children with Disabilities – 12 Ideas/Tips

April 5 Disability.Gov Blog.
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North Carolina – U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms Halting Cuts in Medicaid In-Home Personal Care Services

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States Use of 6 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Options

New Kaiser Family Foundation report.
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Two-Thirds of States Initiating Integration Efforts for Persons Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

New report by AARP-NASUAD (National Association of States United for Aging and Disability)-Health Management Associates.
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Medicare Health Plans Innovations for Persons Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

New Kaiser Family Foundation report.
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Growing Use of Health IT Creates Challenges for Persons with Disabilities

April 1 iHealthBeat.org.
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April 22 Deadline: Coordinating Services and Supports: ONC Seeks Ideas on Sharing Electronic Health Records Across Settings

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
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Information and Referral System – 7th Edition Quality Indicators

Alliance of Information and Referral Systems indicators used by Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs).
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Framework for Integrating Primary and Behavioral Health

A new SAMHSA-HRSA report by the National Council for Community Behavioral Health (NCCBH) – Center for Integrated Health Solutions.
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April 15 – Deadline for Mental Health America Conference Early Registration

AAHD is a promotional partner with MHA.
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