Author Archives: NanOak

Continuity of Care in the Dual Eligible Demonstrations: A Tool for Advocates

May 2013 — A key protection for dual eligibles who are enrolling in the financial alignment demonstration projects being undertaken by states and the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) is continuity of care.  Individuals joining plans participating in the financial alignment … Continue reading

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SSI Non-Disability Appeals: What Isn’t Working

(June 12, 2013 Webinar) Over 40 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Goldberg v. Kelly that people who faced suspension or benefit reductions  were entitled to an evidentiary hearing with significant due process protections. Sadly, the Supplemental Security Income appeals … Continue reading

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CMS Releases Guidance on Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

The guidance sets forth 10 elements that CMS believes should be incorporated into managed LTSS (MLTSS) programs, along with significant detail regarding each of those elements. NSCLC prepared a summary of provisions that may be of most interest and use to advocates working with states to design MLTSS programs.

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Coalition Report Urges Fixes to Social Security Programs

Released Wednesday, May 15, 2013, a report from the Strengthen Social Security Coalition recognizes the importance of how core administrative functions impact the lives of 57 million Social Security and eight million Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.

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It’s Time to Restore and Strengthen SSI

(May 2013) Today, far too many older adults and persons with disabilities who now receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits struggle to make ends meet. While the program ensures that many elderly poor have some income, too many recipients are … Continue reading

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Forty One California Organizations Express Concerns about Cal Medi-Connect

(5/2/13) On behalf of the state’s dual eligibles, advocates call for limiting the demonstration size,  a more realistic implementation timeframe, voluntary enrollment, requiring home and community-based services as part of benefit package, and more.

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Capitol Hill Briefing Introduces Bill to Strengthen and Restore SSI

A briefing to introduce the SSI Restoration Act (H.R. 1601) Wednesday drew about 60 Hill staff, policymakers, government officials and advocates from national organizations.

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What You Need to Know About SSI

What is the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program? Who qualifies for SSI benefits? What are the eligibility rules of the program? And how are SSI benefits the same as and different from other benefits from the Social Security Administration? We … Continue reading

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WEBINAR: The California Coordinated Care Initiative: What Advocates Need to Know – Basics

Free Webinar Series The state of California is moving forward with implementation of the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including the recently federally-approved dual eligible demonstration project, now known as Cal MediConnect. The CCI is currently set to begin on April … Continue reading

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Briefing: The Need to Restore and Strengthen the SSI Program

On April 17, NSCLC sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing attended by some 60 people. Find a video,  summary of “SSI Restoration Act” (H.R. 1601), press release, fact sheet, remarks and panel biographies here. Briefing Agenda Press Release  |  Comunicado de prensa …

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