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. 

CDC Launches COVID-19 Resources for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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

Research Brief: People with Disabilities Still at Risk in Congregate Care Settings

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.