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Topic: Disabilities

Because of the ACA, private insurance is an option for some people with disabilities. At the same time, the ACA, along with reforms at the state level, has sometimes narrowed the healthcare choices for this population. To receive necessary specialty care and live a healthy lifestyle, people with disabilities must have access to healthcare that meets their unique needs.

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Turning 65?

This September 2015 tip sheet from AgeOptions outlines the health care options for older adults once they become Medicare eligible.

Asking the Right Questions

Benefits counselors can use this September 2015 intake sheet from AgeOptions to obtain necessary information to counsel consumers on their Medicare options.

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.

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.

Ombudsman Contact Information 

The Home and Community Ombudsman program is a free service for enrollees in the Medicare Medicaid Alignment Initiative. Ombudsman advocate for enrollee rights and solve problems with their services. This 2015 information sheet tells who to call for Ombudsman services.

What Happens After Enrolling in Medicaid Coordinated Care?

This May 2015 timeline from Health & Disability Advocates and the Make Medicare Work Coalition outlines what  enrollees should expect from their managed care plans.

ACA’s Consequences for People with Disabilities

This February 2015 issue brief from Health & Disability Advocates explains how people with disabilities can experience gaps in coverage because of new application and eligibility requirements.

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.

Dual Eligibles with Developmental Disabilities

This August 2014 fact sheet from Family Voices of Illinois gives detailed answers on the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative for dual eligibles. The fact sheet describes how a person with disabilities would qualify for SSDI and explains what is different when the dual eligible has a developmental disability.

ACA’s Impact on Medicaid for People with Disabilities

Medicaid is an important source of health insurance coverage for people with disabilities. This April 2014 issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation discusses how Medicaid eligibility, enrollment, and benefits are affected by the ACA.

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