OPEN ENROLLMENT OUTREACH PROJECT CHANGES FOCUS
Previously, we reported on a project we are working on with Community Catalyst which was aimed at spreading awareness about the open enrollment period. Now that open enrollment has concluded, the project is highlighting the benefits of coverage and how to effectively use your insurance (with tools like the graphic to the right). To learn more about what’s available through this project, check out our blog post.
The last few weeks we have reported on the latest moves by some states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. The Kaiser Family Foundation has recently issued an issue brief looking at how adults with disabilities might be affected by work requirements. To read more about this brief or to download a copy, check out our news item. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) also released a fact sheet this week entitled “How Medicaid Work Requirements Will Harm People with Disabilities and Serious Illnesses.” Our news item also includes a graphic from CBPP which demonstrates that imposing work requirements should not affect Medicaid enrollment by that much as most are already working or are unable to work due to a disability, acting as a caregiver for a family member, going to school or retired, but the requirements do risk cutting these people off if they are unable to overcome the administrative burden.
If you’re interested in learning more about the new work requirement waivers, you can also check out this issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation which details the Kentucky waiver approval. We previously highlighted fact sheets on the Kentucky waiver from the NHeLP, Families USA and CBPP. You can also read more about the lawsuit filed by NHeLP challenging the work requirements in our news item from last week. Finally, if you want to know what other states are considering similar waiver requests, check out our earlier news item about a Kaiser issue brief on the topic.
The American Association on Health and Disability is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Charles E. Drum, MPA, JD, PhD as AAHD Inaugural Visiting Scholar. To read more, check out our press release.
The CDC funded Disability Research and Dissemination Center has announced new GRANT OPPORTUNITIES for FY 18. Please read more about the seven (7) DRDC research opportunities at the DRDC website. Applications are due by 5PM EST on Monday, March 5, 2018.
The University of Washington, Healthy Aging & Physical Disability, Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) has released a new fact sheet entitled “Living Well with Age-Related Vision Loss.”
If you missed it last month, we highlighted our blog post which highlights some of the findings in an article from the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL). The article looks at how the insurance coverage rates, access to care and health care utilization have been affected by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the populations of those with and without disabilities among working age adults (18-64 years old).
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. You can find a COC, on the COC page of our website.
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