THE CORRELATION BETWEEN HEALTH AND WORK
Note: through the summer months, we will be sending the NDNRC Update every other Friday.
A new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at several recent studies done on the connection between work and health. To learn more about the brief entitled “The Relationship Between Work and Health: Findings from a Literature Review” or to download a copy, check out our news item.
To learn more about the effect of Medicaid expansion in the employment rates for people with disabilities, check out our blog post from last month where we report on a recent research article which showed that employment rates for people with disabilities in states where Medicaid had been expanded was higher.
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. We recently added a blog post from Health Affairs explaining how the social determinants of health show that Medicaid work requirements will worsen health.
If you haven’t seen it, be sure to check out 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.
Last week, the Trump administration released its final rule on redefining what qualifies as a short-term, limited duration health plan. To read more about this rule and the concerns that AAHD has about them, check out our news item. The news item also includes links to the final rule, CMS press release and CMS fact sheet, as well as a letter from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) expressing concern when the rule was proposed and a new statement from CCD expressing these concerns again now that the final rule has been issued.
To read more about these short-term, limited duration plans, here are blog posts from Health Affairs and the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR):
- Health Affairs: The Short-Term, Limited-Duration Coverage Final Rule: The Background, The Content, And What Could Come Next
- CHIR: Coverage That (Doesn’t) Count: How the Short-Term, Limited Duration Rule Could Lead to Underinsurance
- CHIR: Short-term, Limited Duration Insurance Final Rule: Summary and State Options
- CHIR: Understanding the Market for Short-Term Health Plans: States Prepare to Identify, Oversee Sellers and Products
We previously reported on the drastic cuts to the navigator funding. The CHIR also has addressed this issue and what it means for the upcoming open enrollment period with the blog post entitled “Bracing for an Affordable Care Act Enrollment Season Without Navigators: Risks for Consumers and the Market.”
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Eligibility Determinations and Enrollment Report from May 2018. This report can also be found on our Resources & Links page under “Enrollment Statistics.” Prior Medicaid enrollment reports from CMS, are archived on our website.
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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