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Addressing Social Needs Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Survey of Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans

COVID-19 has hit some populations harder than others. This includes people of color, residents of nursing facilities and other congregate settings, and individuals with multiple chronic medi... more

January 27, 2021
What Works to Improve Care for Dual Eligible Individuals: An Evidence and Resource Review

Individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid often have multiple chronic conditions, behavioral health issues, and functional needs and frequently receive fragmented, uncoor... more

January 7, 2021
COVID-19’s Impact on Dually Eligible Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant and harmful effects on people’s mental health. Individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) — such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and majo... more

December 17, 2020
How COVID-19 Affects Dually Eligible Nursing Facility Residents

Nursing facility residents are one of the hardest hit populations of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of October 2020, long-term care facilities account for eight percent of total COVID-19 cases in... more

December 10, 2020
Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Dually Eligible Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) also have co-occurring physical or behavioral health conditions, which put them at greater risk for contracting COVID-19 a... more

November 18, 2020
Health Affairs GrantWatch Blog | Strengthening Family Caregiving Policies and Programs Through State Collaboration

November is National Family Caregivers Month, making it an opportune time to focus on how to better support this vital workforce. Over the past five years, the number of adults in the U.S. c... more

November 12, 2020
COVID-19’s Effect on Dually Eligible Populations

COVID-19 has exposed weaknesses in our health care system. The pandemic has had a startling impact on the 12 million individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, many of whom have ... more

November 2, 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Dual Eligible Individuals Using Home- and Community-Based Services

Most older adults want to remain in their homes as they age — a sentiment that has strengthened during the COVID-19 pandemic. But to do this, many will eventually require Medicaid-funded h... more

November 2, 2020
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