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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Survey of People with Disabilities

People with disabilities are at risk in the health-care system because of their wide-ranging health-care needs, their relatively heavy use of prescription drugs, health-care and support services, and typically low incomes. A new survey of people with permanent mental and/or physical disabilities explores their health-care experiences and challenges in accessing…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Beyond Cash and Counseling: The Second Generation of Individual Budget-Based Community Long-Term Care Programs for the Elderly

States are increasingly interested in the individual budget model for older Medicaid beneficiaries as a mechanism to improve responsiveness of benefits to beneficiaries’ needs and preferences and to increase their ability to remain outside or leave nursing homes. Beginning in January 2007, a new provision in the Deficit Reduction Act…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Dual Eligibles: Medicaid’s Role in Filling Medicare’s Gaps

Dual Eligibles: Medicaid's Role in Filling Medicare's Gaps – Issue BriefThis paper presents a profile of dual eligible beneficiaries (those qualifying for both Medicare and Medicaid), describes their health care expenditures, and analyzes the distribution of spending on the population.Issue Paper (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Recent Growth in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Service Waivers

Medicaid spending on home and community-based service (HCBS) waivers dominates spending on community-based long-term care services offered through the Medicaid program. This paper examines trends in HCBS waiver enrollment and spending in recent years. Report (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New Resources and Briefing Explore Nursing Home Reform Twenty Years After Passage of Landmark Law

To mark the 20th anniversary of the passage of landmark federal legislation to improve the quality of nursing home care, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (known as OBRA 87), the Kaiser Family Foundation released new resources and cosponsored a Washington, D.C. briefing. Among the resources released were new…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid as a Long-Term Care Program: Current Benefits and Flexibility

This brief focuses on one subset of “flexibility” issues: the current federal benefits and cost-sharing rules that apply with respect to long-term care.Issue Paper (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

An Overview of the Independence Plus Initiative to Promote Consumer-Direction of Services in Medicaid

This issue brief provides an overview of the Independence Plus Initiative, compares core program features with the Cash and Counseling Demonstration program, and discusses several policy issues that arise in the implementation of this initiative.Issue Paper (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Distribution of Assets in the Elderly Population Living in the Community

Individuals cannot qualify for Medicaid nursing home care or home and community-based services unless they meet their state's asset eligibility standards. Currently, states are required to examine all transfers for less than fair market value that occurred within 36 months prior to an individual's application for Medicaid. This issue paper…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Briefing on State Medicaid Programs, the Recession and Health Reform

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) held a 9:30 a.m. ET briefing on Thursday, September 30 to examine the challenges facing states as they continue to struggle with the lingering impacts of the recession and begin preparing to implement health reform. Three reports were released…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Statement of Diane Rowland, Sc.D. before the Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing on Health Care Reform: The Long Term Care Factor

This testimony addresses the issue of the need for long-term care reform. In particular, it focuses on the problems faced by individuals and families in need of long-term care and to underscore the importance of reforming the way we provide assistance to those in need of long-term care services. The…

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