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Topic: Chronic Conditions



Health or medical problems that persist or have long-lasting effects, such diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease, require monitoring, coordinated treatment, and patient education. Chronic conditions can also place undue stress on family caregivers.


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Cutting Services, Eliminating Independence

This August 2015 report from Health & Disability Advocates communicates the consequences of changing the minimum eligibility threshold for the Determination of Need screen. The report highlights the personal stories of people who would be directly impacted.

The Role of Public Health in Chicago’s Mental Health System

This August 2015 report from Health & Disability Advocates details the Chicago Department of Public Health’s work in supporting behavioral health. The report gives recommendations for improving mental health delivery.

Medicaid Coordinate Care: Who to Call and What to Know

This July 2015 toolkit from the Make Medicare Work Coalition is intended for health providers and benefits counselors to assist consumers in using and navigating health insurance options under Medicaid Coordinated Care.

Advocacy with Medicaid Managed Care

This March 2015 guide from the National Health Law Program reviews the laws and reporting requirements for Medicaid managed care organizations. The guide identifies where and how advocates and policymakers can locate data to promote accountability and quality care from managed care organizations.

Health Education with Meals on Wheels

The University of Georgia created the Good Questions for Good Health tool kit to increase the health literacy of older adults in Meals on Wheels. Staff and volunteers learn strategies to integrate health topics into their interactions with older adults.

Successful Cost Containment Strategies

A study released by the Commonwealth Fund in January 2015 explores what care arrangements and payment incentives effectively reduced medical costs for the chronically ill.

What Providers Need to Know about Care Coordination Entities

Care coordination entities work to form alternative models of delivering care to Medicaid clients through provider-organized networks, initially organized around the needs of Illinois’ most complex clients – seniors, and persons with disabilities, and children with complex medical needs. This 22-minute video of a webinar from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services was posted by Illinois Health Connect in December 2013.

Medicaid Health Homes and Patient Centered Medical Homes

This fact sheet from SAMHSA compares and contrasts Medicaid Health Homes and Patient Centered Medical Homes. Health and Medical Homes are both coordinated care models intended to assist in managing complex care.

Health Cost Estimator

This tool from the National Health Council helps consumers estimate health costs each year based upon costs of insurance, care, and medications.

Detailed Marketplace Application Checklist

The Marketplace offers plans with different levels of coverage and price. This checklist from the National Health Council helps you select the plan that is the best match for your expected health needs by balancing medical needs and budget.

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