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Social Security COLA Increase for 2019, by Mark Hinkle, Social Security Administration, October 11, 2018

Did You Receive a Letter from Social Security? Here’s What You Need to Know, By Brandy Bauer, June 01, 2018

Looking For Lower Medicare Drug Costs? Ask Your Pharmacist For The Cash Price., By Susan Jaffe, March 30, 2018

Benefit Change Could Raise Costs For Patients Getting Drug Copay Assistance, By Michelle Andrews, May 29, 2018

Medicaid Won’t Look the Same Next Year, By Misty Williams, April 25, 2018

New Medicare Cards: 5 Things You Need to Know Before They Arrive, By the My Medicare Matters Team, March 30, 2018

Lifting Therapy Caps Proves A Load Off Medicare Patients’ Shoulders, By Susan Jaffe, March 14, 2018

597 days. And still waiting., By Terrence McCoy, November 20, 2017

Trump Administration Plan to Add Medicaid Work Requirement Stirs Fears, By Phil Galewitz, November 15, 2017

Some States Roll Back ‘Retroactive Medicaid,’ A Buffer For The Poor — And For Hospitals, By Michelle Andrews, November 14, 2017

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Advocacy Organizations and Informational Resources

The Center for Medicare Advocacy works to increase access to comprehensive Medicare coverage and excellent health care for elders and people with disabilities by providing the highest quality analysis, education and advocacy. is a new on-line tool to help consumers connect to information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage in both the public and the private sector and find other important health care information.  The website is designed to be a one-stop-shop for information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as other health care resources.  The website will connect consumers to quality rankings for local health care providers as well as preventive services.

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) - On July 1, 2012, the Kansas Department on Aging (KDOA) merged with programs from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) and the Department Health and the Environment (KDHE) to become the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). All of the disability services programs that were formerly housed in SRS now operate out of KDADS. KDADS mission is to foster an environment which; promotes security, dignity and independence, while providing the right care at the right time in a place called home.

Medicare is a health insurance program for people age 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease.

Medicaid is a Federal/State entitlement program that pays for medical assistance for certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources.

National Resource Directory (NRD) - The NRD connects Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, family members and caregivers with services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) is a free program offering seniors and Kansans with disabilitiesan opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare Part D and other insurance issues. SHICK provides you with many resources that will help you with your struggle through the Medicare maze.

The Social Security Administration pays retirement, disability and survivors benefits to workers and their families and administer the Supplemental Security Income program. They also issue Social Security numbers. See their Quick Guide to all Social Security services.

The Department of Veterans Affairs website provides information about veteran benefits administered by the department and their Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service to veterans, employers, and the general public.

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Medicaid Home and Community-Based Service Programs: Data Update, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, December 19, 2008, Publication Number: 7720-02 - Developing home and community-based service (HCBS) alternatives to institutional care has been a priority for many state Medicaid programs over the last two decades. In 2005, overall spending on Medicaid HCBS increased 10 percent, with 2.8 million individuals being served through these programs. This report presents a summary of the main trends to emerge for the three Medicaid HCBS programs and the results of a survey of policies such as eligibility criteria and waiting lists.

Medicaid's Impact: Helping People with Serious Healthcare Needs - To get a sense of how important Medicaid is for people with serious health care needs, these reports look at  the number of individuals in each state with cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart disease or stroke who rely on Medicaid for their health coverage.

Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities: Policy and Implementation Considerations for State and Federal Policymakers, March 13, 2013 - This report by the National Council on Disability addresses the implications of managed health care and long-term supports for Medicaid-eligible people with disabilities to help readers gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program beneficiaries with disabilities. (PDF) (doc)

Medicare Beneficiaries Less Likely To Experience Cost- And Access-Related Problems Than Adults With Private Coverage, Karen Davis, Ph.D., Kristof Stremikis, M.P.P., M.P.H., Michelle M. Doty, Ph.D., and Mark A. Zezza, Ph.D., Health Affairs, July 18, 2012 - This recent survey found that Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older are more satisfied with their health insurance, have better access to care, and are less likely to have problems paying medical bills than working-age adults who get insurance through employers or purchase coverage on their own.

Medicare and You contains important information about what’s new, health plans, prescription drug plans, Medicare benefits, rights and protections, and answers to the most frequently asked questions about Medicare.

Securing the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability, January 29, 2015 - In this report, National Council on Disability (NCD) examines the policies behind the SSDI and SSI programs in light of the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Having examined these policies and how they impact the ability of beneficiaries to engage in meaningful work, NCD offers concrete policy recommendations for creating an economic environment that is more supportive of individuals with disabilities working; a revised disability definition; and programmatic changes. (Report in PDF format/in DOC format)

The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: National and State-by-State Analysis, November 2012 - This report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows modest state costs for implementing the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act compared to significant increases in federal funds, allowing some states to see net budget savings even as millions of low-income uninsured Americans gain health coverage. (Full Report - pdf) (Executive Summary - pdf)

The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs.

The Role of Medicaid in State Economies: A Look at the Research, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, January 09, 2009, Publication Number: 7075-02 - This policy brief synthesizes the results of 29 studies in 23 states that examine the role Medicaid plays in state and local economies. These studies estimate the economic stimulus derived from Medicaid spending, and also analyze the adverse effects on the state economy from reducing Medicaid spending. This policy brief provides an overview of Medicaid financing, explains the methods used to assess economic impact and summarizes the main findings from the research. (Policy Brief, Summary)

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