Washington Insider: Health Care

Insights from the White House Conference on Aging

2015 marks milestone anniversaries for the Older Americans Act, which turned turned 50, as did Medicare and Medicaid, and Social Security celebrated its 80th year! Fittingly, we were able to celebrate and reflect on these monumental programs during the fifth White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA). I was proud to represent the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities network as part of this special event, which has been held every decade, as a way to reflect, innovate, and plan for the future of aging policy and practice in America. … more

Health Care Enrollment - Member Experiences and Resources

In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report that stated 2.2 million Americans have already enrolled in individual health care insurance through the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. The numbers are encouraging, but the effort is not over; Americans have until March 31, 2014, to choose health care coverage for the upcoming year. … more

Changes in Federal Health Care Marketplace

Recently, the Obama administration implemented several changes to the health care reform individual marketplace that will affect when people purchase coverage and what type of coverage they can purchase.

The administration pushed back two deadlines for individuals who wish to purchase coverage on the federal exchange that will be effective Jan. 1, 2014. Individuals now have until Dec. 23, 2013 to purchase coverage through healthcare.gov and until Dec. 31, 2013, to make their first payment to the insurance company. … more

Effects of the Government Shutdown on Human Services

As we move through the first week of the government shutdown many are concerned about the effects on grants and other resources needed to provide essential human services. What follows is a short summary of the shutdown effects on major grant programs. Federal agencies' shutdown contingency plans are available online through the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. … more

Medicaid Final Rule on Former Foster Kids

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published a final rule regarding Medicaid and children who have been in foster care. The new regulations address some of the provisions in January’s proposed rule, but one of the most pressing issues, whether former foster youth retain coverage when moving across state lines, remains outstanding. … more

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