Tag Archives: Medicare

Health Network Alert: New NSCLC Resource for States Preparing Dual Eligible Demonstration Consumer Enrollment Notices

(06/26/2014)  With support from The Commonwealth Fund, NSCLC prepared a new resource, You’ve Got Mail: Designing Enrollment Notices for a Dual Eligible Demonstration Rollout. The resource is designed to assist consumer advocates and state officials preparing consumer notices and enrollment …

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WEBINAR: Understanding and Impacting Implementation of New Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Rules

 April 29, 2014 New federal Medicaid rules would, for the first time, set standards that seek to ensure Medicaid HCBS is provided in non-institutional settings, however, many details remain to be determined by individual states. Consumers, advocates and other stakeholders … Continue reading

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Senior Poverty: Action Needed to Address a Growing Problem

Written statement from NSCLC to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on March 5, 2014 in which NSCLC recommends strengthening the safety net, improving SSI, increasing the availability of health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Savings Programs … Continue reading

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Call to Advocates: Help Strengthen Medicare Part C and D

CMS recently shared proposed regulations for the Medicare prescription drug program (Part D) and the Medicare managed care program (Part C) for public comment.  Several of the proposals represent important steps in improving the program and protecting beneficiaries.  They include …

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Health Network Alert: MAGI Medicaid and Estate Recovery: CMS Issues State Medicaid Director Letter

(2/27/2014) In a letter to State Medicaid Directors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) addressed questions on the application of estate recovery rules to MAGI Medicaid individuals who are eligible for LTSS. The agency noted the chilling effect …

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Seniors Remain on Frontlines in War on Poverty

By Kevin Prindiville The 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty brings a welcome and much needed debate about how best to eradicate poverty in the world’s wealthiest country.  Unfortunately, few commentators are focusing on how poverty impacts the lives … Continue reading

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ISSUE BRIEF: Medicaid Expansion and Transition Issues for California Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

November 2013 –The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will afford millions of uninsured individuals with healthcare coverage through the expansion of Medicaid and the creation of state healthcare exchanges. A new NSCLC issue brief, Medicaid Expansion in California: Opportunities and Challenges … Continue reading

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Many Low-Income Subsidy Clients May Be Paying Premiums

According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 1.9 million Low-Income Subsidy (LIS or “Extra Help”) recipients are enrolled in Prescription Drug Plans in 2013 that will not qualify as benchmark plans in 2014. This number represents about one …

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Comments on Language Access Filed with HHS

In comments filed September 30, 2013, NSCLC urged the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services to increase its focus on language access needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in managed care.Comments on … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Three-way Contract: A Summary of Beneficiary Protections

On July 18, 2013, Massachusetts became the first state to sign a three-way contract for its dual eligible demonstration project. The Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the three-way contract signed with the Commonwealth …

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