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Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports: Key Changes in the Health Reform Law

This issue brief examines new opportunities under the health reform law for states to balance their Medicaid long-term care delivery systems by expanding access to Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) programs. The brief outlines key provisions of the new law that expand HCBS benefit options, broaden financial and functional…

Premiums and Cost-Sharing in Medicaid: A Review of Research Findings

Medicaid covers nearly 60 million Americans. Because the population covered by the program is low-income, federal law limits the extent to which states can charge premiums and cost-sharing amounts, particularly for pregnant women, children and adults with incomes below poverty. Yet there is renewed interest in the use of premiums…

Case Study: Michigan’s Money Follows the Person Demonstration

This case study looks at Michigan’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program, which has enabled the state to accelerate existing transition activities and increase access to home- and community-based services (HCBS) by providing enhanced federal funds for each MFP participant’s 365-day enrollment period. Through MFP, Michigan is able to…

Money Follows the Person: A 2012 Survey of Transitions, Services and Costs

The Affordable Care Act extended the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration grant program through 2016, giving states further options to transition Medicaid beneficiaries living in institutions back to the community. Enacted into law in 2006 as part of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), the MFP demonstration provides states with…

Consumer Protection Issues in Medicare + Choice

This report describes and analyzes key Medicare+Choice provisions in the Balanced Budget Act and the accompanying regulations related to consumer protections. It explains how the BBA makes significant improvements for beneficiaries in the areas of access, appeals, and quality. It also explores areas that could be strengthened to better serve…

Medicare and The Under-65 Disabled

As part of The Faces of Medicare, a collection of fact sheets profiling the characteristics and health needs of different groups of Medicare beneficiaries, Medicare and the Under-65 Disabled highlights key information about Medicare’s under-65 disabled, whose disproportionately high rates of health and cognitive problems are compounded by low incomes.Fact…

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