Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

The Future of Medicaid: Building Sustainability through Program Innovation

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, November 22, 2013, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: 
Augusta Civic Center - Augusta, Maine
Contact Name: 
Donna Reed
Contact Phone: 
207-780-4846
Contact Email: 
donnar@usm.maine.edu

Health Policy Colloquium
The Future of Medicaid: Building Sustainability through Program Innovation

Join the Muskie School of Public Service for a discussion of the future of Medicaid with Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and executve director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Diane Rowland is a nationally recognized health policy expert with a distinguished career in public policy and research focusing on health insurance coverage, access to care, and health care financing for low-income, elderly, and disabled populations. She has directed the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured since 1991 and overseen the Foundation’s health policy work on Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, HIV, women’s health policy, and disparities since 1993. Appointed in 2009 as the inaugural chair, Dr. Rowland continues to serve as the Chair of the congressionally-authorized Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).  She holds a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University.

 


Additional program details and information on speakers will be coming soon.

 

Read the New Publication: Managing a High-Performance Medicaid Program co-authored by Eileen Griffin and Trish Riley, Muskie School of Public Service; Vikki Wachino, Consultant to Muskie School of Public Service; and Robin Rudowitz, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Kaiser Family Foundation

 

Cutler Institute awarded $600,000 to help youth raised in foster system

Marty Zanghi

USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy has been awarded a $600,000 grant to help young people raised in Maine's foster system to prepare for college and the workforce.

The money comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of a $5.4 million national effort aimed at youth who are homeless or in either the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

"Many of these young people have suffered abuse or trauma and were raised in poverty and neglect," said Marty Zanghi, the Cutler Center's youth development director.

The money -- including an expected $400,000 more in matching funds -- will pay for contracted work with agencies in the target areas, starting with the greater Portland area and Penobscot, Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Nationally and in Maine, only about 3 percent of people who grow up in the foster care system achieve a college degree, he said.

"It's dramatically lower than the rate for the general population," Zanghi said. "It's a horrible outcome."

It doesn't have to be that way, though.

"There are young people that overcome these circumstances," he said. "I know people who have master's degrees and Ph.Ds."

The Casey Foundation's national effort is being called the "Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential" (LEAP) initiative.

The initiative is working on partnerships in Maine and nine other areas: Alaska, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. In each case, people will adapt two evidence-based models to meet the needs of these youth, including support to address the trauma they may have experienced in their lives.

In Maine, the work will include a pair of successful programs, Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) and Jobs for the Future. Results will be carefully tracked, Zanghi said.

After the first year, the program is expected to grow.

"Eventually, the additional help will be available to all children, 14 and over, in the foster care system in the state of Maine," Zanghi said.

New Chartbook on the Use of Maine's Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

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Long term services and supports (LTSS) are a vital lifeline for the thousands of Maine adults who need them, and they account for a significant portion of the state's Medicaid (MaineCare) budget.This Chartbook prepared by the research staff at the USM Muskie School, provides information on all Maine adults who use LTSS: older adults; adults with physical disabilities; adults with intellectual disabilities/autism spectrum disorder or other related conditions; and adults with acquired brain injury.

The information provided in this Chartbook about the demographic trends that impact Maine's service system as well as data on the typical MaineCare service utilization and expenditures of different LTSS populations will inform the discussion among policymakers, providers, consumers, and advocates as they work together to ensure that Maine’s system of LTSS meets the needs of all its citizens.

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