RESEARCH SHOWS MEDICAID EXPANSION HELPS DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT RATES
Note: through the summer months, we will be sending the NDNRC Update every other Friday.
We previously reported on research that showed that employment rates for people with disabilities in states where Medicaid had been expanded was higher than in states that had not expanded Medicaid. The researchers who conducted that study have done a follow-up to that report which confirms their earlier findings. To read more about this research or to download a copy of the article, check out our blog post.
Speaking of Medicaid and work, if you want to learn more about Medicaid work requirements, we published a blog post in February which captures all the news and resources on the waivers where states are adding work requirements to their Medicaid programs.
Two weeks ago, we highlighted the CMS Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the navigator program and the significant cut the FOA represents from funding levels in prior years. The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new analysis which breaks down just how far these cuts have been experienced in each state both from 2017 to 2018 and over the last two years combined from 2016 to 2018. To read more about this analysis or to download a copy, check out our news item.
In our newsletter two weeks ago, we also highlighted the statement from Families USA on their concerns regarding these cuts. If you want to read more about what these cuts mean, here are some additional resources:
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities blog – In Latest ACA Sabotage, Administration Nearly Eliminates Marketplace Enrollment Assistance Funds
- Health Affairs blog – CMS Announces Even Deeper Navigator Cuts
The American Association on Health and Disability has joined a letter from the American Heart Association which expresses concerns to HHS and CMS over these drastic cuts.
If you missed it last month, we announced the release of our social media toolkit for Medicaid. The toolkit provides sample social media posts as well as graphics and relevant hashtags which can be combined to promote the importance of the Medicaid program and how important it is for people with disabilities. The toolkit also provides lists of social media accounts to follow, digital materials, our news stories on Medicaid work requirements and Medicaid statistics. The toolkit is available on the NDNRC website where it can be downloaded as a zip drive.
In late June, the NH Disability & Public Health project created the 2018 NH Disability & Public Health Infographic. This Infographic can be found on their webpage.
The University of Washington Healthy Aging Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) has released a fact sheet entitled “Tips for Improving Memory & Thinking.”
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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