Health and Wellness News
Patient, Disability & Provider Organizations Urge Congress to Enact Meaningful Reforms to Improve Prescription Drug Affordability for Older Adults in Medicare Part D
The Alliance for Aging Research and 131 other organizations representing older Americans, patients, family caregivers, people with disabilities, diverse communities, and healthcare providers delivered a letter to key House and Senate committee leaders calling for meaningful reforms to address the heavy burden of out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D beneficiaries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a COVID-19 toolkit to address the unique challenges faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The toolkit includes plain language materials about staying safe during the pandemic.
State Medicaid Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS) Programs Respond to COVID-19: Early Findings from a 50-State Survey
This brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation reports the results of a survey of Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). Key findings include:
- State HCBS programs are playing a role in facilitating vaccine access for HCBS enrollees, but many states do not track vaccination rates among enrollees
- The state HCBS provider infrastructure declined, with many states reporting permanent closures of HCBS providers
This brief published by the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) summarizes data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to inform community response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing home settings.