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Members Dually Eligible for MaineCare and Medicare Benefits: MaineCare and Medicare Expenditures and Utilization, State Fiscal Year 2010. Chartbook.


This report is one of a series of reports prepared by the USM Muskie School on MaineCare members who are dually eligible for MaineCare and Medicare Services.  This first report provides a high level overview of the MaineCare and Medicare use and expenditure patterns for all members who were dually eligible in state fiscal years (SFY) 2008-2010.  This report provides baseline data on the characteristics of Medicare-MaineCare members who are dually eligible, the distribution of expenditures across categories of service for MaineCare and Medicare, and the cost of care for people with select chronic conditions. The report includes information on members considered full benefit as well as those who are partial benefit members.  Partial benefit members are also know as Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries, Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries; Qualified Individuals; and Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals.  Individuals who are dually eligible for MaineCare and Medicare typically have multiple chronic conditions, high medical and long term care costs, and low income. Medicare covers hospital, medical, skilled long term care and pharmacy services while Medicaid pays for behavioral health, community based long term services and supports and nursing home services. The integration of services and benefits for people who are dually eligible is a challenge for states and the federal government. As states move to introduce value based purchasing initiatives through health homes, accountable care communities and other managed care efforts, the need to coordinate services and align incentives between the Medicaid and Medicare programs becomes increasingly critical. Many states are involved in dual eligible demonstrations to improve the integration of services, benefits and care.

Suggested Citation:

McGuire C, Gressani T, Bratesman S, Fralich J, Griffin E.  Members Dually Eligible for MaineCare and Medicare Benefits: MaineCare and Medicare Expenditures and Utilization, State Fiscal Year 2010. (Chartbook).  Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service; October 2012.

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October 30, 2012

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.

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