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Supporting Family Caregivers in the Time of COVID-19: State Strategies

Headlines and data from across the nation confirm the sad reality: older adults and people with chronic conditions or disabilities face disproportionately adverse outcomes if they contract C... more

June 2, 2020
Integrating Care for Dually Eligible Individuals Matters Even More in the Face of COVID-19

In early 2020, states and their federal and health plan partners were well-positioned to advance the significant progress in Medicare-Medicaid integration achieved in recent years. COVID-19,... more

May 7, 2020
Medicaid’s Role in the Next Phase of COVID-19 Response: Part II—Reopening the Health Care Delivery System

Across the country, federal and state policymakers are preparing to gradually reopen the economy while ensuring appropriate measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes plans to r... more

April 28, 2020
All Hands on Deck: How Commonwealth Care Alliance is Rethinking Protocol to Address COVID-19

Across the country, health plans are responding to a new normal in the face of the pandemic currently overtaking the nation and the world. They are mobilizing efforts and changing busine... more

April 7, 2020
Supporting Family Caregivers: Early Lessons from State Innovators

Almost without fail, when someone describes their experience caring for an older parent, spouse, or another relative, others will chime in with their own stories. Family caregiving is an exp... more

July 16, 2019
Information-Sharing Considerations for Health Plan Members with Opioid Use Disorder: A Q&A with Legal Experts

People eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid experience co-occurring substance use disorders and chronic pain at rates as much as six times higher than Medicare-only beneficiaries or Medi... more

March 7, 2019
Opportunities for States to Support Family Caregivers

Across every state, from Maine to California, an estimated 18 million individuals provide vital care to older family members who need in-home assistance, yet there are few systematic support... more

March 5, 2019
A New Approach to Integrating Care for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries: Idaho’s Medicare Medicaid Coordinated Plan

Individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid often have complex health and social needs that are difficult to address in a fragmented, uncoordinated system of care. Like a gro... more

December 12, 2018
States Need Pragmatic Policy Solutions to Better Support Family Caregivers

Nearly 18 million family members in the United States provide care to older people who need assistance. They are often invisible members of our health care system who receive little preparat... more

November 29, 2018