KAISER BRIEF EXAMINES MEDICAID EXPANSION WAIVERS
With the new administration, it is possible that some states will look to modify their Medicaid expansion or add the Medicaid expansion as part of a waiver similar to what was done in Michigan and Indiana. The Kaiser Family Foundation issued a report last week which looks at the early experiences in Michigan and Indiana on their Medicaid expansion programs. To read more about this issue brief or to download a copy, check out our news item here.
Last Friday CMS released the final biweekly enrollment snapshot from open enrollment year four which indicated that the final enrollment number was just over 9.2 million individuals who selected plans on the federal marketplace, meaning these numbers only apply to the 39 states on the federal exchange or state-federal partnership. To read the whole biweekly enrollment snapshot which includes state-by-state enrollment numbers for those 39 states, click here. Kaiser also has information on the state-by-state enrollment numbers for the states on the federal exchange as well as those running state-based marketplaces. This information is available here.
For analysis of what the final enrollment numbers mean and possible implications for the marketplace going forward, check out the blog post on Health Affairs by Timothy Jost here. In a separate Health Affairs blog post this week, Mr. Jost looks at the possible rules on market stabilization and new CMS guidance on cost-sharing reductions. That blog post is available here.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new issue brief which examines the financial outlook for the Medicare program. To download a copy of this fact sheet, click here.
Kaiser has also recently released a series of three fact sheets which address some of the basic issues which arise with HIV/AIDS. These fact sheets are “The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States: The Basics,” “The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program: The Basics” and “Black Americans and HIV/AIDS: The Basics.”
The University of Washington, Healthy Aging & Physical Disability, Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) has just published a new factsheet on resilience and aging with disability entitled “How to Bounce Back.” The fact sheet can be accessed here.
Today the NDNRC is doing a presentation for the New York Immigration Coalition on “Helping People with Disabilities Get the Health Coverage They Need.” This presentation has been archived on the website on our “Webinars/Presentations” page.
The NDNRC has a statement on health reform entitled “Preserve the Protections Provided by the Affordable Care Act” where we call on Congress and the Administration to protect provisions in the ACA which have benefited people with disabilities. To read our blog posts on this statement, click here. The full statement can be found on our website, where it is also available in a PDF download, by clicking here.
Are you looking for local partners to help with outreach to the disability community? The NDNRC has Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs) which work to increase collaborations in the community, dissemination and outreach efforts and enrollment of people with disabilities in the ACA marketplace. To find a COC, click here.
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