Families USA and the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) are delighted to co-host our next Health Action conference call, Introduction to Dual Eligible Integration Issues. Please join us on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 3:30 PM ET (12:30 PM PT).
Dual eligibles—people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid—are some of the most vulnerable patients in our health care system. They are, by virtue of their Medicaid eligibility, low-income and most are dealing with multiple chronic conditions. Their care is often costly and fragmented.
There is growing interest at both the state and federal level in developing new ways to deliver care to dual eligibles. Some of these initiatives hold the promise of both improving care and reducing costs over the long term. But if done badly, they could result in limiting access to care for those who can least afford it.
State and federal advocates have a vital role to play as these integration initiatives more forward. We must ensure that the new initiatives protect beneficiaries and improve their care, and are not simply driven by short-term budget considerations.
Please join Families USA and the NSCLC for a webinar on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 3:30 PM ET (12:30 PM PT), for an introduction to dual eligible integration issues. We’ll discuss the concepts, current policy initiatives coming from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the states, and what advocates can do to get involved at the state and federal level.
As always, Health Action calls are closed to the media. Hope you can join us next Wednesday!
PS If you’re interested in learning more about dual eligibles, NSCLS will be hosting another webinar on Thursday, July 21 at 2 PM ET (11 AM PT), titled Dual Eligibles: Consumer Protection, Integration and Advocates. The webinar will cover important consumer protections that should be included in new models that seek to integrate Medicare and Medicaid finances, benefits and rules. Please click here to find out more and to register.