Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Shriver Center to host Webinar on state option to expand Medicaid

High Stakes for Legal Services Clients:
Concentrating Resources on
Convincing States to Adopt the New Medicaid Eligibility Category

Doctor and patient

Webinar hosted by Clearinghouse Review
October  9, 2012 
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CDT
Register here.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) fills a gaping hole in the Medicaid program, offering eligibility to 16 million individuals with income below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, a life-changing positive development for all of them. But the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, as a practical matter, has caused states to view this new Medicaid eligibility as optional. They need to be convinced to do it.

Attorneys--and not just health care experts--are urgently needed to provide their expertise and voice during this critical time when states are choosing whether to add this new Medicaid eligibility category. Legal services managers should consider re-prioritizing program resources during this critical time.

To address these challenges, the Clearinghouse Review team of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is hosting a webinar on October 9 at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CST. Webinar attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • The ACA’s new Medicaid eligibility category and the Supreme Court’s ruling on this provision;
  • The enormous impact that filling this gap in Medicaid coverage can have on legal services clients--not just on their healthcare, but in many aspects of their lives and opportunities;
  • Examples of practical advocacy strategies that legal services attorneys (in all types of programs) can engage in to ensure that their state implements this new Medicaid eligibility category; and
  • Available resources to make this happen, including next steps.


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