Week of August 20, 2013

Affordable Care Act: Persons with Disabilities Face Complex Choices

August 13 National Public Radio.
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Employment of Persons with Disabilities: A National Governors’ Association Report

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Services and Supports Required by Persons with Disabilities to Become/Remain Employed

Mathematica Policy Research paper.
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PBS News Hour Features States’ Olmstead Compliance Delays

August 7 feature.
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When Doctors Discriminate Against Persons with Mental Illness

August 10 New York Times.
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Behavioral Health Financing Under Medicaid

New SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) handbook.
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Florida-Indiana-Kansas-North Carolina: Community Health Assessments

August 8 Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) state health agency-nonprofit hospital collaboration experience implementing the “community health benefit” requirements in 4 states.
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Navigators to Assist Marketplace/Exchange Applicants – HHS/CMS Announce 105 Grant Recipients

On August 15, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 105 organizations to receive $67 million as navigators to assist potential applicants for health insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace/exchanges. The announcement, the list of recipients, certified application counselors, and other resources, including the rules governing the process, are available.
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Arkansas-Maryland-Marketplace/Exchange and US Implementation Overview

August 9 Alliance for Health Reform (AHR) briefing featuring the Arkansas Medicaid expansion premium assistance proposal submitted August 6 to CMS and Maryland’s approach to developing a marketplace/exchange. Other panelists provided a national marketplace overview.
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Kansas-New York-Wisconsin-11 Other States – Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports Practices and Lessons

An AARP report focused on KS-NY-WI analyzes the practices and lessons in implementing Medicaid managed LTSS. Eleven other states were reviewed.
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Shared Decision-Making and Partnering with Patients

IOM (Institute of Medicine) August 15 report.
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Building Community-Faith Organization Partnerships To Assist Behavioral Health

New SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) publication.
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SSDI – Return to Work Outcomes

June 2013 Mathematica Policy Research report on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.
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Durable Medical Equipment Under Medicare

August 2 CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) bulletin.
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