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Medicaid Has A Bull’s-Eye On Its Back, Which Means No One Is Entirely Safe, By Phil Galewitz, September 25, 2017

Why Medicaid matters to you, By Sharona Hoffman, August 09, 2017

The planned destruction of Medicaid, By Jonathan P. Baird, August 04, 2017

Counting On Medicaid To Avoid Life In A Nursing Home? That’s Now Up To Congress., By Susan Jaffe, July 31, 2017

Even Without Congress, Trump Can Still Cut Medicaid Enrollment, By Phil Galewitz, July 28, 2017

Report: ACA Repeal Would Send Native American Uninsured Rate Soaring, By Jim McLean, July 12, 2017

Survey Says: Medicaid Recipients Really Like Their Coverage And Care, By Alison Kodjak, July 10, 2017

Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability, By Alex Smith, June 13, 2017

Feds To Waive Penalties For Some Who Signed Up Late For Medicare, By Susan Jaffe, June 06, 2017

KC disability community fears Medicaid changes in GOP health bill, By Andy Marso, May 31, 2017

Medicare plans to replace Social Security numbers on cards, By Ricardo ALlonso-Zaldivar, May 30, 2017

Senate Panel Approves Bill Revamping Medicare for Chronically Ill Patients, By Jon Reid, May 18, 2017

Drug Coverage Denied By Medicare? How Seniors Can Fight Back, By Judith Graham, May 04, 2017

Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work, By Ricardo ALlonso-Zaldivar, April 21, 2017

As Some Holdout States Revisit Medicaid Expansion, New Data Show It Pays Off, By Shefali Luthra, April 12, 2017

Drowning In A ‘High-Risk Insurance Pool’ — At $18,000 A Year, By Mark Zdechlik, February 27, 2017

Why high-risk pools won't crack the pre-existing condition dilemma, By Harris Meyer, February 13, 2017

Judge Accepts Medicare’s Plan To Remedy Misunderstanding On Therapy Coverage, By Susan Jaffe, February 03. 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Block Grants — The Heart of GOP’s Medicaid Plans, By Shefali Luthra, January 24, 2017

Republican Plan To Replace Obamacare Would Turn Medicaid Over To States, By Alison Kodjak, January 22, 2017

With Trump's victory, GOP hopes to overhaul Medicaid, By Christina A. Cassidy, December 29, 2016

Life in Obamacare’s Dead Zone, By Inara Verzemnieks, December 6, 2016

Price’s Appointment Boosts GOP Plans To Overhaul Medicare And Medicaid, By Julie Rovner, Novemer 29, 2016

A Consumer's Guide To Medicare's New Rules On Doctor Pay, By Steven Findlay, November 17, 2016

As Medicaid loses stigma, its fate rides on stormy election, By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, October 24, 2016

Officials Warn Some Older Marketplace Customers To Switch To Medicare, By Susan Jaffe, October 14, 2016

Poll Finds Majority Of Americans Want Restraints On Drug Prices, By Jordan Rau, September 29, 2016

Failure to Improve Is Still Being Used, Wrongly, to Deny Medicare Coverage, By Paula Span, The New Old Age, September 12, 2016

FAQ: Hospital Observation Care Can Be Costly For Medicare Patients, By Susan Jaffe, August 29, 2016

Audits Of Some Medicare Advantage Plans Reveal Pervasive Overcharging, By Fred Schulte, August 29, 2016

New Medicare Law to Notify Patients of Loophole in Nursing Home Coverage, By Robert Pear, August 06, 2016

What Clinton and Trump propose for Social Security and Medicare, By Philip Moeller, August 03, 2016

Study: Brand-Name Drugs’ High Copays Soak Medicare Part D Patients, By Rachel Bluth, July 06, 2016

Scammers offering to help with disability applications, By Andrew Johnson, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC, April 22, 2016

Scammers fake Social Security email, By Amy Herbert, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC, January 27, 2016

Obama Seeks To Offer New Incentive For States To Expand Medicaid, By Phil Galewitz, January 14, 2016

5 Facts for Consumers about the Fee for Not Having Health Coverage, By Kevin Counihan, The CMS Blog December 07, 2015

Fewer Medicare-Subsidized Drug Plans Means Less Choice For Low-Income Seniors, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, November 23, 2015

2016 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles Announced, By the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), November 11, 2015

Seniors Who Don’t Consider Switching Drug Plans May Face Steep Price Rise, By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News, October 20, 2015

Social Security Recipients Will Receive No Cost-of-Living Increase in 2016, By Nick Timiraos, Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2015

Don’t Just Renew Your Medicare Plan. Shopping Around Can Save Money., By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, October 15, 2015

How to save money during Medicare open enrollment, By Steve Vernon, CBS MoneyWatch, October 13, 2015

Congress and Obama Administration Seek Ways to Limit Increase in Medicare Premiums, By Robert Pear, New York Times, October 05, 2015

Medicare Says Doctors Should Get Paid To Discuss End-Of-Life Issues, By Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Stephanie O'Neill, Southern California Public Radio, August 18, 2015

More debate ahead on Medicare ‘observation stays’, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, August 04, 2015

5 Challenges Facing Medicaid At 50, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, July 27, 2015

Social Security projected to hit insolvency by 2034, By Rebecca Shabad, The Hill, July 22,2015

When Turning 65, Consumers With Marketplace Plans Need To Be Vigilant In Choosing Health Coverage, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, June 25, 2015

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Advocacy Organizations and Informational Resources

The Center for Medicare Advocacy works to increase access to comprehensive Medicare coverage and excellent health care for elders and people with disabilities by providing the highest quality analysis, education and advocacy.

Kansas Community Services and Programs (CSP) manages a system of community based supports and services for persons with disabilities. Those supports and services, are delivered in partnerships with organized networks and funded through a variety of federal, state, local, and private sources. Community service providers reflect a variety of private not-for-profit and for-profit organizations as well as governmental entities.

Disability.Gov is the federal government's one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others. The Benefits Section offers a wide range of information on Social Security benefits, veterans' benefits, work incentives, supplemental insurance coverage, vocational services and other income supports.

HealthCare.gov is a new on-line tool to help consumers connect to information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage in both the public and the private sector and find other important health care information.  The website is designed to be a one-stop-shop for information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as other health care resources.  The website will connect consumers to quality rankings for local health care providers as well as preventive services.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) - On July 1, 2012, the Kansas Department on Aging (KDOA) merged with programs from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) and the Department Health and the Environment (KDHE) to become the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). All of the disability services programs that were formerly housed in SRS now operate out of KDADS. KDADS mission is to foster an environment which; promotes security, dignity and independence, while providing the right care at the right time in a place called home.

Medicare is a health insurance program for people age 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease.

Medicaid is a Federal/State entitlement program that pays for medical assistance for certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources.

National Resource Directory (NRD) - The NRD connects Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, family members and caregivers with services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) is a free program offering seniors and Kansans with disabilitiesan opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare Part D and other insurance issues. SHICK provides you with many resources that will help you with your struggle through the Medicare maze.

The Social Security Administration pays retirement, disability and survivors benefits to workers and their families and administer the Supplemental Security Income program. They also issue Social Security numbers. See their Quick Guide to all Social Security services.

The Department of Veterans Affairs website provides information about veteran benefits administered by the department and their Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service to veterans, employers, and the general public.

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Publications

Medicaid Home and Community-Based Service Programs: Data Update, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, December 19, 2008, Publication Number: 7720-02 - Developing home and community-based service (HCBS) alternatives to institutional care has been a priority for many state Medicaid programs over the last two decades. In 2005, overall spending on Medicaid HCBS increased 10 percent, with 2.8 million individuals being served through these programs. This report presents a summary of the main trends to emerge for the three Medicaid HCBS programs and the results of a survey of policies such as eligibility criteria and waiting lists.

Medicaid's Impact: Helping People with Serious Healthcare Needs - To get a sense of how important Medicaid is for people with serious health care needs, these reports look at  the number of individuals in each state with cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart disease or stroke who rely on Medicaid for their health coverage.

Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities: Policy and Implementation Considerations for State and Federal Policymakers, March 13, 2013 - This report by the National Council on Disability addresses the implications of managed health care and long-term supports for Medicaid-eligible people with disabilities to help readers gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program beneficiaries with disabilities. (PDF) (doc)

Medicare Beneficiaries Less Likely To Experience Cost- And Access-Related Problems Than Adults With Private Coverage, Karen Davis, Ph.D., Kristof Stremikis, M.P.P., M.P.H., Michelle M. Doty, Ph.D., and Mark A. Zezza, Ph.D., Health Affairs, July 18, 2012 - This recent survey found that Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older are more satisfied with their health insurance, have better access to care, and are less likely to have problems paying medical bills than working-age adults who get insurance through employers or purchase coverage on their own.

Medicare & You 2015 contains important information about what’s new, health plans, prescription drug plans, Medicare benefits, rights and protections, and answers to the most frequently asked questions about Medicare.

Securing the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability, January 29, 2015 - In this report, National Council on Disability (NCD) examines the policies behind the SSDI and SSI programs in light of the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Having examined these policies and how they impact the ability of beneficiaries to engage in meaningful work, NCD offers concrete policy recommendations for creating an economic environment that is more supportive of individuals with disabilities working; a revised disability definition; and programmatic changes. (Report in PDF format/in DOC format)

The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: National and State-by-State Analysis, November 2012 - This report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows modest state costs for implementing the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act compared to significant increases in federal funds, allowing some states to see net budget savings even as millions of low-income uninsured Americans gain health coverage. (Full Report - pdf) (Executive Summary - pdf)

The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs.

The Role of Medicaid in State Economies: A Look at the Research, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, January 09, 2009, Publication Number: 7075-02 - This policy brief synthesizes the results of 29 studies in 23 states that examine the role Medicaid plays in state and local economies. These studies estimate the economic stimulus derived from Medicaid spending, and also analyze the adverse effects on the state economy from reducing Medicaid spending. This policy brief provides an overview of Medicaid financing, explains the methods used to assess economic impact and summarizes the main findings from the research. (Policy Brief, Summary)


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