This week we’re reading about an ‘epic’ regulation in the works for Medicaid managed care, home health worker pay, disability-informed police training, graduation rates, and more.
- New Medicaid regulations – expected any day now – could be ‘epic’ for managed long-term care, writes the National Journal. More: “When the rules were last updated 13 years ago, managed care didn’t really cover long-term services, which were left to fee-for-service. That is still somewhat true, but as the industry has changed and more people have needed that kind of long-term support, there has been a big shift—one that is likely to continue.”
- States sure have been busy! This past week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law a new initiative to bring together self-advocates with intellectual and developmental disabilities and law enforcement officers to support police training, reports Disability Scoop. In Missouri, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that efforts to raise the base pay for certain home health workers hit a snag coming out of a legislative committee. And legislation in Georgia to restructure the State’s aging services agency has been vetoed, according to Georgia Health News.
- “Building a Grad Nation,” a new report by the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University suggests the 2012-13 national average graduation rate for students with disabilities hit 61.9 percent. Though a 2.9 percentage-point increase from 2010-11, the rate also shows the least amount of growth of all student subgroups. The Center’s policy recommendations appear at page 51.
- TIME Magazine discusses a new study in the journal Molecular Autism, which suggests girls are diagnosed with Autism less often than boys partly because of underlying neuroanatomical differences. Related: Similar, though less stark, gender differences in diagnosis rate appear with ADHD, reports Health Day News.