Block Grants and Medicaid Funding
Written by Kenny Maestas
- Myth: Seniors, PWD, pregnant women, and children forced on Medicaid waiting lists under expansion.
- Truth: No waiting lists to enroll in Medicaid. States must enroll all eligible beneficiaries (i.e., children, seniors, PWD)
- Myth: Medicaid expansion led to longer waitlists for people requesting home and community-based services (HCBS)
- Truth: Medicaid expansion has improved access to HCBS (9 of 11 states with no waiting lists are expansion states).
- Myth: Medicaid Expansion has been an economic drain.
- Truth: PWD, caretakers, and home care workers have all benefited directly from Medicaid expansion. Colorado added many jobs, and Medicaid helps the economy, especially in rural areas.
- Myth: GOP Healthcare bill won’t harm seniors and PWD currently receiving HCBS.
- Truth: Its per capita cap would make it hard for states to meet the need for HCBS, and cuts will increase yearly.
- Myth: States will be able to manage better Medicaid funds keeping coverage for current recipients.
- Truth: States must cover nursing home care under Medicaid. So, cuts to Medicaid will be to PWD living in the community. HCBS waiting lists will grow. Some states might end programs.
- Myth: Medicaid expansion members are just lazy, able-bodied people.
- Truth: There’s a minimal number of able-bodied adults not working, but they’re a distinct minority. Expansion members include many PWD, and others are low-wage workers whose employers do not provide insurance.
- Myth: Giving expansion higher match somehow hurts those on traditional Medicaid
- Truth: The higher expansion gave states infrastructure to improve the program. People with disabilities, elders, and children benefited from these improvements. The match for traditional populations remained uncut.
- Myth: Medicaid patients cannot get doctors.
- Truth: Federal statistics gathered over recent years show that the % of physicians accepting new Medicaid patients has remained around 70 percent. No support for the idea that the participation rate has declined under the ACA.
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Changes coming to two of the Single Entry Point Agencies (SEP)
CCDC is pleased to announce that in July 2020, there will be changes to two of the Single Entry Point Agencies (SEP). The Single Entry Point System is a collection of more than 20 state-wide SEPs that provide eligibility determinations and case management for particular Home and Community Based Services Waiver programs. Continue reading “Changes coming to two of the Single Entry Point Agencies (SEP)”