Advocacy Toolkit: Long-Term Services & Supports
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Advocacy Toolkit: Long-Term Services & Supports

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Due to state budget shortfalls, Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) are facing significant cuts in many states.

At the same time, there are many new options for states to receive additional federal funding to improve these services for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

4 Steps to Protect and Strengthen Medicaid HCBS in Your State

  1. Understand Medicaid HCBS
    Listen to webinars from NCOA and the Friday Morning Collaborative 
    Read a fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation: Medicaid and Long-Term Care Services and Supports (March 2011)

  2. Learn More about State Budgets
    Read a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on how States Continue to Feel Recession’s Impact. (January 2011)
    Discover facts from AARP in Weathering the Storm: The Impact of the Great Recession on Long-Term Services and Supports. (January 2011)

  3. Make Arguments against Medicaid Cuts
    Get Five Good Reasons Why States Shouldn't Cut Home and Community-Based Servicesin Medicaid from Families USA. (July 2010)
    Learn Why Medicaid Matters to Medicare Beneficiaries and their Families from the Medicare Rights Center (March 2011)

  4. Help Your State Get Additional Federal Funding for HCBS
    Learn how to use the new Balance Incentive Payments Program.
    Find out how to get your state to use the Community First Choice Option.

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Public Policy Priorities

See the issues we're fighting for in the 113th Congress, including the budget, Older Americans Act, and long-term services and supports.