National Policy Matters – The 2014 Federal Home and Community Based Service Regulation: What You Need to Know

On January 16, 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued final rules in the Federal Register that implemented section 1915(i) State Plan home and community-based services; defined and described home and community-based setting across all Medicaid home and community-based services authorities; defined person-centered planning requirements for sections 1915(c) and 1915(i) home and community-based services; and allowed states to combine target populations in one section 1915(c) waiver.

In order to receive Medicaid reimbursement from the federal government for providing home and community-based services, states must ensure that the services are delivered in settings that meet the new definition of home and community-based (HCB) setting. The primary focus of this National Policy Matters is the new definition of HCB setting.

National Policy Matters – The 2014 Federal Home and Community Based Service Regulation: What You Need to Know

National Policy Matters – The Affordable Care Act: What Nonprofit Employers Need To Know

The Arc is pleased to announce a new edition of National Policy Matters entitled, “The Affordable Care Act: What Non Profit Employers Need to Know” which explains the basic provisions of the law. Although the Administration recently announced that many of the provisions have been delayed one year in order to have more implementation time, employers will still need to plan for the new requirements. This publication will provide an overview of:

  • What will the ACA require of employers?
  • What penalties are imposed on large employers?
  • Can employers keep their current health insurance?
  • Can non-profits apply for tax credits?
  • What additional provisions apply?

We hope this publication will serve as a tool to you and your chapters as new steps in implementation begin. Please check The Capitol Insider Blog’s Health Care section for additional resources on implementation of the ACA.

National Policy Matters – The Affordable Care Act: What Nonprofit Employers Need To Know

National Policy Matters – The Affordable Care Act: What Disability Advocates Need To Know

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the disability community must work to better understand the law and the many benefits it can provide to people with disabilities. This will be critical to the community’s role in helping to move states forward with implementation.

Numerous ACA provisions related to both acute care and long term services and supports hold great promise for improving the health and well-being of people with disabilities. This issue of National Policy Matters provides information about the major provisions and the status of their implementation.

National Policy Matters – The Affordable Care Act: What Disability Advocates Need To Know

Report: ‘My Thinker’s Not Working’

Link

http://aadmd.org/sites/default/files/NTG_Thinker_Report.pdf (PDF)

Description

This report, by the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices, summarizes challenges in the United States surrounding the increasing rate of older people with intellectual and developmental disabilities having dementia. The report finds that though the research about the causes and factors influencing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are better known, the social care system still remains challenged with offering the best and most efficacious ways to identify, support, and care for older people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and dementia.

This report also offers recommendations and suggestions on how to address the needs and help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities affected by dementia. These include: early and periodic diagnostic services, training and education about dementia, and community-based and home-based supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities affected by dementia.

Source

Submitted by The Arc.

Website: Empower The Village

Link

http://www.empowerthevillage.com

Description

Elizabeth Villanueva created this website after the state of California has continued to make budget cuts to children and families in the Early Start Program for the past three years. The website is free and a continuation of the vendor program Niños Del Cielo.

Source

Submitted by Elizabeth Villanueva.