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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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CMS EHR Incentive Programs

The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs will provide payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. (more…)

Progress Made with Illinois Medicaid Reforms, But Policy Concerns Remain

This brief from the Shriver Center on Illinois’ Medicaid reform law, signed January 25, 2011, describes how the new law makes progress in necessary areas, especially in implementing national health reform, but may not be best policy in others, especially the changes to All Kids, which narrow eligibility and increase red tape.

Medicaid’s Impact in Illinois: Helping People with Serious Health Care Needs

A report on the important role Medicaid plays in providing health care to those with chronic illnesses in Illinois. The analysis is based on data on state residents with cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart disease or stroke who rely on Medicaid for their health coverage. The September 2011 report was produced by The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Families USA, The American Diabetes Association, and The American Lung Association.

Left Out: Undocumented Immigrants and Medicaid Expansion

This 2011 presentation by SHADAC (the State Health Access Data Assistance Center) explains who are undocumented immigrants, how many are in the U.S., and what national health reform means for them – as well as why the issue is of larger concern.

Illinois Medicaid Integrated Care Program Advocacy Toolkit

This consumer guide can help you choose the ICP health plan that may work best for you. ICP is Illinois Medicaid’s mandatory new program for adults (over age 19) who have disabilities and receive SSI. Eligible people who live in the target areas for this program are getting letters from HFS in the mail. This consumer guide can help you choose the health plan that may work best for you.

Chronic Disease Management in the Affordable Care Act

A February 2011 brief from Health Reform GPS about provisions in the Affordable Care Act to encourage chronic disease management as part of the overall emphasis on improving the efficiency of health care. ACA provisions incentivize active self-management by patients, provide opportunities for reimbursement of providers, and provide federal support for development of chronic disease management programs.

Health Reform and CLASS

This February 2011 brief from Health Reform GPS discusses implementation of the ACA’s Community Living Assistance Services and Support program, a voluntary, federally administered health insurance program designed to assist eligible individuals in purchasing long-term community living services and supports. To meet the needs of this group, Congress also as part of the ACA made a number of changes in Medicaid coverage of home and community based services.

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