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Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Service Programs: Data Update

Over the last four years, the Commission has been tracking the national development of the three main Medicaid HCBS programs that states can operate. The Commission also began to survey the policies, such as eligibility criteria and waiting lists that states can use to control the growth of spending on…

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Closing the Long-Term Care Funding Gap: The Challenge of Private Long-Term Care Insurance

This policy brief from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured examines the fundamentals of private long-term care insurance. It describes the results of a study exploring how consumers buy policies, how much policies cost and how they work, and what regulations exist to protect consumers. It also discusses…

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Financial Incentives in the Long-Term Care Context: A First Look at Relevant Information

Financial Incentives in the Long-Term Care Context: A First Look at Relevant Information This report reviews Medicare’s payment policies as they may affect medical care for residents in long-term care environments, including a look at the financial incentives that could play a role in hospital and skilled nursing facility admissions.…

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Beyond Cash and Counseling: An Inventory of Individual Budget-based Community Long-Term Care Programs

Beyond Cash and Counseling: An Inventory of Individual Budget-based Community Long-Term Care ProgramsThis brief describes the evolution of beneficiary-managed home and community-based services since the original demonstration and provides an overview of state activity as of January 2006. The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 gives states the option to use…

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Consumer Direction of Personal Assistance Services in Medicaid: A Review of Four State Programs

Consumer Direction of Personal Assistance Services in Medicaid: A Review of Four State ProgramsMedicaid consumer direction of personal assistance services (CD-PAS) is a growing trend. Although overall enrollment in these programs is small, 42 states offered consumer direction in Medicaid in 2006. These programs allow Medicaid beneficiaries control over hiring,…

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Money Follows the Person: A 2011 Survey of Transitions, Services and Costs

With the passage of health reform, the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration grant program was extended through 2016 giving states further options to transition Medicaid beneficiaries living in institutions back to the community. Enacted into law in 2006 as part of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), the MFP demonstration…

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Roads to Community Living: A Closer Look at Washington State’s Money Follows the Person Demonstration

This case study looks at Washington state’s Money Follows the Person demonstration program, Roads to Community Living. The program is responsible for assisting over 2,400 Medicaid beneficiaries with complex long-term services and supports (LTSS) needs in transitioning out of institutions back to community-based care settings. Washington State has been a…

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Money Follows the Person: An Early Implementation Snapshot

This issue brief examines the early successes and challenges of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP), a Medicaid initiative enacted into law in 2006 that gives states enhanced federal support to balance their Medicaid long-term care programs by providing more services in the community and fewer in institutional settings.…

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Home Transition Programs: Perspectives of Medicaid Care Planners

Home Transition Programs: Perspectives of Medicaid Care PlannersThis report draws on interviews with Medicaid care planners for insight into the issues that arise in establishing programs to move individuals with significant long-term care needs from institutional to community settings. The five states that participated in this study—Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey,…

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To Hospitalize or Not to Hospitalize? Medical Care for Long-Term Care Facility Residents

To Hospitalize or Not to Hospitalize? Medical Care for Long-Term Care Facility Residents This report explores factors that appear to drive relatively high rates of hospitalizations, based on interviews with doctors, nursing home staff and families in four cities. Key factors include liability concerns, limited onsite staff capabilities, difficulty reaching…

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