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Topic: Medicaid



Medicaid is a state-run program that provides medical coverage for low-income populations. Traditionally, families with children, pregnant women, children, seniors, and persons with disabilities have been eligible. The Affordable Care Act broadened eligibility to low-income adults without children in states that chose to implement the expansion.


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Managed Long Term Services and Supports

Starting July, 2016 managed care organizations will be responsible for coordinating long-term services and supports for people who live in a nursing facility or receive home and community-based services through a Medicaid waiver program. This April 2016 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates informs consumers about the change.

Illinois Health Policy Update

Get the latest with this April 2016 brief from Health & Disability Advocates.

Food is Medicine

This January 2016 fact sheet from the Shriver Center provides guidance to Enrollment Assisters looking to connect their clients with SNAP, formerly called food stamps.

Getting Ready for Tax Day

This January 2016 blog post from the HealthCare.gov CEO lays out what consumers should expect in the second tax-filing season under the ACA. The post details processes for consumers with Marketplace insurance; consumers with Medicaid, Medicare or employer-sponsored insurance; and for those without coverage.

Help for the Helpers

This November 2015 toolkit from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for enrollment assisters shares online and technical assistance resources that can be used when helping consumers apply for health coverage. Enrollment assisters will also learn about the types of health insurance and the processes for enrolling in each.

Clues for the Trickiest Applications

This November 2015 presentation from the National Immigration Law Center and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families explains eligibility rules and application processes for immigrants and their families.

ACEs, Bs and CCEs

This December 2014 FAQ from the Illinois Department of Human Services details general enrollment and access to care procedures for consumers and providers in Medicaid managed care.

Staying in Touch with the State

This tip sheet from Illinois Department of Human Services shares how health care providers can help Medicaid manage care consumers change their address. Medicaid recipients need to update their address so they receive important notices about their coverage.

Keep Calm and Transition On

This November 2015 toolkit from the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office will help people with mental health conditions transition from one care provider to another. Strategies are offered for overcoming barriers to care and for strengthening relationships between the person’s care team members.

Coverage is Good Medicine

This pocket card from Doctors America gives health care providers a script to discuss health insurance with their clients. The pocket card, updated for 2014-2015, answers common questions that patients may have about the benefits of health insurance.

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