EXPANDING HCBS THROUGH JOBS PLAN
Last week, we highlighted the fact that the American Families Plan included some provisions which would have an effect on the ACA and Medicaid. Another proposal from the Biden Administration is the American Jobs Plan and some of the provisions in this proposal would have a direct effect on providing long-term services and supports through Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). Our partners at Community Catalyst published a new blog post which outlines the effect that the American Jobs Plan would have on HCBS.
One of the main concerns with HCBS at the state level is the waiting lists which exist in many states. To read more about this and what you can tell consumers who are on a HCBS waiting list, check out our fact sheet “Information for People on Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Waiting Lists.”
A new report from the Kaiser family foundation details a literature review they have done on the effect that Medicaid expansion has had. For more information, check out “Building on the Evidence Base: Studies on the Effects of Medicaid Expansion, February 2020 to March 2021.”
In an effort to highlight the COVID Special Enrollment Period (SEP), AAHD has a project with Community Catalyst and other partners in conducting outreach to educate individuals about health insurance enrollment through the ACA Marketplace and Medicaid. This outreach includes graphics like the one below which highlight the opportunity to enroll due to COVID. These graphics are available in the Community Catalyst Outreach Hub. You can also check out the social media toolkit Community Catalyst created for the COVID SEP.
For more information about the COVID SEP or the effect of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on the ACA marketplaces, our other NDNRC posts from the past few months can be found below, including our blog post on states who have extended their COVID SEP. This blog post has been recently updated to reflect an extended deadline in Connecticut.
- Blog post (4/15/21): States Extend COVID SEP
- Blog post (2/19/21): How is the COVID SEP Different?
- News item (4/13/21): CBPP Releases FAQs on ARPA
- News item (4/8/21): Health Insurance Enrollment Is Up
- News item (4/1/21): Higher Tax Subsidies Available Today
- News item (3/25/21): COVID SEP Webinar Archived
- News item (3/23/21): COVID SEP Extended!
- News item (3/15/21): CMS Releases Fact Sheet on ARPA and the ACA Marketplace
- News item (3/11/21): Updated Subsidy Calculator to Reflect New Law
- News item (2/15/21): COVID SEP Begins Today!
Last week, we highlighted a blog post from the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) which examines the ACA “Family Glitch.” The CHIR has a follow-up blog post this week which addresses some of the counterarguments against fixing the glitch.
Another blog post from the CHIR returns to the topic of surprise medical billing and the No Surprises Act which was passed at the end of 2020 and examines whether or not the new law could have unintended consequences.
If you missed it – last month, we released the results of our Vaccine Hesitancy Survey Among Adults with Disabilities, a rapid, real-time online study of the perspectives of adults with disabilities on the COVID-19 Vaccine. To access the full report or the summary of findings, go to our COVID-19 and Vaccine Survey Project webpage.
Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.