NCOA and the Disability & Aging Collaborative host a series of webinars to help state advocates prevent cuts to home and community-based services and promote the adoption of new long-term services and supports options in the Affordable Care Act.

Changing Nature of Family Caregiving: New Research and Policy Implications

July 2015


  • Gail Hunt, President and CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving
  • Steve Kaye, Director, Community Living Policy Center, University of California, San Francisco
  • Jed Johnson, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Easter Seals

Implementation of the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule

June 2014


  • Ralph Lollar, Director, Division of Long Term Services and Supports, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group, CMS
  • Pat Nobbie, Center for Disability and Aging Policy, Administration for Community Living
  • Eric Carlson, National Senior Citizens Law Center
  • Rachel Patterson, Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Community First Choice Option: State Consideration and Implementation

May 2014


  • Martha Beavers, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
  • Edward Kako, Mission Analytics Group, Inc.
  • Kelly Williams, Senior and Long-Term Care Division, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
  • Trisha Baxter, Aging & People with Disabilities, Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Mike McCormick, Aging & People with Disabilities, Oregon Department of Human Services

State Oversight and Quality in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

December 2013


  • Patti Killingsworth, Long Term Services & Support, Bureau of TennCare
  • Jami Snyder, Centene Corporation; formerly Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
  • Thomas Shumard, Division of Quality, Evaluation and Health Outcomes, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Measuring HCBS Quality in MLTSS Programs

September 2013


  • Tamar Heller, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Beth Mathis, The Council for Quality and Leadership
  • Katherine Bishop, New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Long-Term Care Commission: Learn More about It and How You Can Engage

August 2013


  • Larry Atkins, Staff Director for the Long-Term Care Commission
  • Howard Bedlin, NCOA
  • Maureen Fitzgerald, The Arc of the US
  • Henry Claypool, American Association of People with Disabilities (Appointed Commissioner)

Stakeholder Comments to the LTC Commission:

Balancing Incentive Program: Highlighting State Approaches and Progress

May 2013


  • Marc S. Gold, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
  • Satrina McDonald, Division of Disability & Rehabilitative Services, Indiana Family & Social Services Administration
  • Theresa Valdes, MO HealthNet Division, Department of Social Services

Immigration Reform: Key Issues for Older Adults, Individuals with Disabilities, and Home and Community-Based Services

April 2013


  • Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta, Caring Across Generations
  • Rahnee Patrick, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Association & Access Living
  • Ivy Ngo, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
  • Jenny Rejeske, National Immigration Law Center
  • Eva Dominguez, Alliance for Retired Americans & Latinos for a Secure Retirement

Development of the Home and Community-Based Services Experience Survey

December 2012

HCBS Experience Survey:


  • Anita Yuskauskas, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs, CMS
  • Julie Hayes Seibert, Truven Health Analytics
  • Elizabeth Frentzel, American Institutes for Research

Introduction to Quality Measures in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

November 2012


  • Sarah Scholle, National Committee on Quality Assurance
  • Alice Lind, Center for Health Care Strategies

State Advocate Experiences in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

August 2012


  • Gordon Bonnyman, Tennessee Justice Center
  • Valerie J. Bogart, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program, Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.
  • Mitch Hagopian, Disability Rights Wisconsin

State Progress on Balancing Incentive Program and Community First Choice Option

August 2012


  • Eric Saber, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Kristi Plotner, Mississippi Division of Medicaid
  • David Ivers, Easter Seals Arkansas
  • Justin Foley, SEIU

Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: Overview of Key Issues and Guiding Principles

April 2012


  • Laura Summer, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
  • Sarah Barth, Center for Health Care Strategies
  • Ari Neeman, National Council on Disability

State Advocate Experiences and Engagement in Duals Integration

March 2012


  • Bill Henning, Boston Center for Independent Living
  • Dennis Heaphy, Disability Policy Consortium –Massachusetts
  • Deborah Doctor, Disability Rights California
  • Laurel Mildred, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
  • Karen Keeslar, California Association of Public Authorities

Involvement of State Aging and Disability Advocates in Duals Integration

December 2011


  • Edo Banach, CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office
  • Hilary Dalin, NCOA
  • Kevin Prindiville, National Senior Citizens Law Center
  • Mary Lou Breslin, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Balancing Incentive Payments Program

October 2011


  • Anne Montgomery, Senate Special Committee on Aging – Sen. Kohl
  • Effie George, CMS, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs
  • David Braddock, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado
  • Enid Kasner, AARP Public Policy Institute

Community First Choice Option and Balance Incentive Payments Program

June 2011


  • Bruce Darling, Center for Disability Rights –New York State; National ADAPT
  • Anna Rich, National Senior Citizens Law Center
  • Elizabeth Royal, SEIU

Implications of Medicaid Block Grants and Spending Caps for Seniors and People with Disabilities

May 2011


  • John Holahan, Urban Institute
  • Edwin Park, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Patricia Nemore, Center for Medicare Advocacy
  • Trisha Roddy, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Cost-Effectiveness of Home and Community-Based Services

March 2011


  • Stephen Kaye, Center for Personal Assistance Services, University of California San Francisco
  • Lisa Alecxih, The Lewin Group
  • K. Charlie Lakin, Research and Training Center on Community Living, University of Minnesota
  • Dee Mahan, Families USA

State Budgets: Challenges and Opportunities for Home and Community-Based Services

February 2011


  • Judy Solomon, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Wendy Fox-Grage, AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Jerry Reilly, Eldercare Alliance – Washington State
  • Diane Justice, National Academy for State Health Policy