Capitol Insider


Major Events Last Week


Medicaid/Medicare – Updates to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services Website

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced
several changes to the website including a new home page with
quick links including federal policy guidance and other new technical assistance
resources.   Additionally, they have expanded State Medicaid and CHIP profiles
to provide a more complete picture of the many policy and programmatic
features that make up each state’s Medicaid and CHIP programs.  New
elements include a state-specific list of approved state plan amendments and
waivers and links to detailed Medicaid managed care profiles.

Health Care – New Public Service Announcement on the Affordable Care
Act and People With Disabilities

On November 14, the White House released a new public service
announcement on the Affordable Care Act and people with disabilities.  It
explains how individuals with disabilities can no longer be denied health
coverage because of health history.  The public service announcement was
released to coincide with open enrollment, which began on Saturday, November
15, and ends on February 15.  This time period will be a chance for individuals
already enrolled in healthcare to re-enroll and for individuals not yet enrolled to
sign up to begin receiving healthcare.  To view the new announcement click
  For add itional information on coverage,
please visit


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The Arc of Illinois
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