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Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – HHS Issues New Guidance on Implementing Person-Centered Planning and Self-Direction

(07/24/2014)  On June 6, 2014, the Secretary of Health and Human Services issued guidance on person-centered planning and self-direction for implementing Section 2402(a) of the Affordable Care Act.

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – State Transition Plans for New Medicaid HCBS Regulations: Four Tips for Consumer Advocates

(07/22/2014)  States now are beginning to release their transition plans to bring their Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) systems into compliance with the new federal regulations on community-based settings. It is essential that consumers and their representatives be prepared …

CCI Advocates Alert – July 18, 2014 (PDF)

The CCI Advocates Alert is a biweekly summary of changes, on-the-ground reports, advocacy tips, and resources regarding California’s Coordinated Care Initiative.

Dual Eligibles - Health Network Alert – New Version of Advocate’s Guide to Coordinated Care Initiative Now Available

(06/27/2014)  Implementation of the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) – California’s dual eligible demonstration program — is now underway in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, and San Mateo counties. Because there have been significant changes to the CCI since …

Dual Eligibles - 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 …

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – CMS to Require that Stakeholders Have Meaningful Opportunity to Comment on HCBS Transition Plans

(06/24/2014)  As reported earlier this month in an NSCLC alert (6/4/14), some states seem to be out of compliance with the public comment provisions of the new Medicaid HCBS regulations. States are required to develop transition plans that explain how …

CCI Advocates Alert – June 20, 2014 Issue (PDF)

The CCI Advocates Alert is a biweekly summary of changes, on-the-ground reports, advocacy tips, and resources regarding California’s Coordinated Care Initiative.

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – New Advocacy Guide for State HCBS Transition Plans, and National Consumer Groups Request CMS Action

(06/20/2014)  To assist government officials and stakeholders, NSCLC has written Just Like Home: An Advocate’s Guide for State Transitions Under the New Medicaid HCBS Rules.  The guide provides analysis and recommendations for multiple aspects of the new regulations, including determining …

Income Network Alert - Income Network Alert: We Need to Let Sen. Nelson Know It’s Time to Update SSI

(06/12/2014)  The Supplemental Security Income program needs updating because key elements are outdated and causing problems for Florida’s 770,000 seniors who depend on it for their income needs.

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – California Coordinated Care Initiative “Fix List” Provides Advocates with Tool to Help Beneficiaries

(06/11/2014)  Given the large number of problems experienced to date in the roll out of California’s Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) has developed a “Fix List” for tracking problems and related fixes.