Legislation and Policy

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Even in tough times, this self-directed service option is giving Medicaid consumers more flexibility and saving states money

posted on March 12, 2010 - 2:30pm
Cash and Counseling, a government program that gives Medicaid recipients in 15 states direct control over their personal-care spending, has been so successful that a majority of states are now adopting it or similar programs. A new report tells why and how.
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Victor Pineda travels the world promoting 'inclusive societies' for young people with disabilities (video)

posted on July 13, 2010 - 5:36pm
Life has been a whirlwind of activity for Victor Pineda lately.  The 31-year-old bachelor got married the first week in July.  He earns his Ph.D. in government planning around the first of August. But these momentous events are almost insignificant compared to the rest of his typical schedule. In 2005 Pineda created the Victor Pineda Foundation (VPF) and today it commands most of his...
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Competitive bidding for durable medical equipment starts Jan. 1 despite criticism of the program; MDA is urging action and seeking feedback from those affected

posted on December 3, 2010 - 4:25pm
Competitive bidding among Medicare providers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) is set to begin January 1 in nine regions of the country, despite sharp criticism of the plan by lawmakers, economists, patient advocates and others. Under the new procedures, DMEPOS providers must go through a competitive bidding process to win the right to serve Medicare...
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Provisions for more home- and community-based services are taking effect, but states may need a push to implement them

posted on November 24, 2010 - 2:14pm
Nearly 3 million disabled and elderly Americans rely on Medicaid to provide home health aides, personal care attendants, group homes, adult day care, meals, transportation and other services that enable them to stay in their homes and communities and out of nursing homes.