In August, U.S. Reps. William Enyart (D-IL) and James McGovern (D-MA) joined as co-sponsors to the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act (H.R/ 1601), a bill sponsored by Rep. Raul Grijalva and championed by NSCLC. More than two dozen national and local organizations have endorsed the legislation since its introduction in April. With hopes that a similar bill will be introduced in the Senate, NSCLC is currently educating Senate staff and members about problems with SSI such as an outdated resource limit and a punitive rule that can reduce the SSI benefit by one-third when the SSI recipient is unable to y his or her full share of the housing costs. NSCLC also recently updated its SSI Policy Issue Brief and Fact Sheet.
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Unfinished Business: Designing Appeals Procedures in the Dual-Eligible Demonstrations helps stakeholders focus their advocacy about appeals on areas where a consumer voice can have the most potential to affect programs, by highlighting the many areas where appeal rights and procedures have not yet been fully developed. – December 2014
What’s In A Notice? How Notices Of Action Protect Consumers In Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports provides advocates with the specific information that must be included in each notice of action to meet due process requirements, and outlines how continuation of services and aid-paid-pending plays out in the managed LTSS context. – November 2014
Conflict Free Case Management: Themes in States Implementing New Systems provides background on conflict-free case management and reviews existing regulations and guidance. – October 2014
Action Steps for Consumers and Advocates Regarding the New Home Care Rule: How to Prevent Service Cuts and Protect Consumer-Directed Programs provides steps that consumers and advocates should take in their states to ensure proper implementation of new federal rule. – September 2014
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