The State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2022

The longstanding direct support workforce crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to closures of critically needed services and a denial of access to community-based supports.
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Capitol Correspondence - 10.27.20

Recording: Webinar Details New Pennsylvania Health Initiative Connecting Seniors on Medicaid with SNAP if They Are Not Enrolled

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Because ANCOR members support individuals with disabilities of all ages through the Medicaid program, we are sharing this webinar recording for members who follow innovations in other states to inform their own advocacy efforts. In summary:

“A vast majority of older Americans who are eligible for federal nutrition assistance programming remained unenrolled, placing them at increased risk of food insecurity and its associated adverse health conditions and healthcare costs. A research team led by Benefits Data Trust and the UPMC Center for High-Value Healthcare will study the health and economic effects of a novel health plan strategy to increase benefit program enrollment. Using enrollment data from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, the UPMC Health Plan and Benefits Data Trust will determine which of their low-income dual eligible (enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid) members are eligible but not enrolled in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and proactively assist these members with enrollment. By matching this enrollment data with UPMC claims data, the team will use a randomized controlled trial to determine the impact of SNAP enrollment on health status, health care utilization and costs. Results will indicate whether there are strong clinical and economic reasons for the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid health plans to adopt programs that proactively assist their members with nutrition assistance enrollment.”