Access to Healthcare for People with Special Healthcare Needs
Americans have access to some of the best healthcare in the world. Yet, on any given day certain populations, like the elderly and people with disabilities, have immeasurable difficulty in receiving quality healthcare because of special health needs that require a level of coordination and understanding far exceeding the general population. With critical issues confronting a changing healthcare system and growing budgetary pressures on all levels of government, SSIC needs to continue to re-examine priorities and activities in accessing public health, initiate meaningful policy recommendations, and ensure the development of model programs.
The Access to Healthcare for People with Special Health Care Needs preserve efforts that:
Current Projects and Partners:
Increasing Access to Medicaid for Low-income Older Adults & People with Disabilities: 100% Campaign
In 1999, SSIC and its partner the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago succeeded in a major legislative campaign to increase the eligibility standards for disabled and elderly persons in Illinois to receive Medicaid phased-in over a three-year period. The increase in eligibility standards increases the number of persons on Medicaid and reduces the spenddown amount of many other persons. The goals of this project are to implement this legislation effectively and to replicate this legislation in other states. To accomplish these goals, SSIC will:
Making Medicaid Work in Illinois
SSIC legal staff with the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, are working to address three systemic problems in the administration of Illinois Medical Assistance program for the elderly and persons with disabilities. The goals of the project are to advocate on three issues that prevent large numbers of low-income elderly and persons with disabilities from qualifying for Medicaid, and receiving critically needed medical care and medications the state's failure to: a) properly evaluate whether persons are disabled and thus eligible for Medicaid; b) to provide lawful appeals of these denials of Medicaid eligibility; and c) to provide Medicaid eligibility to eligible elderly and persons with disabilities under its Medicaid spenddown program. To accomplish these goals, SSIC will:
Consortium for Health Systems Development
SSIC is partnering with Oregon Health Sciences University's Oregon Health Policy Institute to create the Consortium for Health Systems Development (CHSD). The CHSD is a conglomerate of fifteen states working collaboratively to develop state health systems for working people with disabilities. The goal of the consortium is to facilitate information sharing across state lines; develop strong research and evaluation models and create concrete policy proposals for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Care Financing Administration on health care policy for working people with disabilities.
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