HALL AND KURTH TO PRESENT FOR NARRTC WEBINAR SERIES
May 20, 2021
Jean Hall, Director, and Noelle Kurth, Research Associate at the Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies, will present "Telling Stories to Inform Disability Policy Study" for the NARRTC Webinar Series. Registration is free and required; the webinar is May 26, from 3-4:15 p.m. Eastern Time.
REDMOND SELECTED FOR LEND PROGRAM
April 8, 2021
Ellie Redmond, former student assistant with RTC/IL, was selected for the Leadership Education and Related Disabilities Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The program will supplement her graduate studies in Occupational Therapy.
HALL AND NARY AUTHOR BOOK CHAPTERS
March 23, 2021
Jean Hall and Dot Nary have each authored a chapter for the new book, Public Health Perspectives on Disability: Science, Social Justice, Ethics and Beyond (2nd edition). In “The Interrelationship of Health Insurance and Employment for People with Disabilities,” Hall evaluates how access to adequate health insurance affects the health and employment of people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Nary and Lindsey Mullis of the University of Kentucky wrote the chapter “Disability and Health Programs: Emerging Partners,” which describes the development of state disability and health programs and the continuing challenges to meeting the health needs of individuals with disabilities.
A quarter of the adult population of the United States has a disability, making people with disabilities the largest minority group in the country. Research confirms that people with disabilities experience significant health disparities. Too often, research and policy on disability focus on medical determinants of health. Public Health Perspectives on Disability considers the field of public health to be the practice of social justice using science-based strategies that improve population health, which requires a strong focus on social determinants of health such as housing, geographical location, education, and employment.
KOON RECEIVES KU RESEARCH GRANT
March 23, 2021
Dr. Lyndsie Koon was awarded a two-year, $20,000 grant from the New Faculty General Research Fund of the University of Kansas Office of Research. Her proposal "Self-determination through technology: Understanding physical activity engagement for manual wheelchair users" is aimed at discovering the ways activity technology, such as Fit Bits, can motivate manual wheelchair users to increase their physical activity.
JEAN HALL ELECTED TO THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE
January 21, 2021
Jean Hall, IHDPS Director, joined the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) as one of 56 distinguished experts. NASI educates the public on the connections between social insurance--such as Workers Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, and Medicare--and economic security. "It is essential to include various types of expertise and disciplines when it comes to the challenges we face - from the impacts of COVID-19 to systemic racism in our society and economy," William Arnone, the Academy's CEO, said of the recent elections. Read the press release.
NARY AND COULTER PRESENT TO MEDICAL STUDENT GROUP
Dot Nary, IHDPS researcher, and Seth Coulter, IHDPS communication specialist, presented "Writing and Speaking about People with Disabilities - With Dignity" to the KUMC student chapter of the American Association of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. The group learned about several topics presented in the newly released 9th edition of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living's Guidelines: How to Write about People with Disabilities, such as the Independent Living movement, person-first and identity language, and recommended terminology for discussions of disability. Ten students attended the online presentation.
HALL AND KURTH TO PRESENT "THE NATIONAL SURVEY ON HEALTH AND DISABILITY (NSHD): A ROBUST DATASET YOU CAN USE
Monday, September 21, 2020
Jean P. Hall, Director of IHDPS, and Noelle Kurth will present an overview of the National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD) instrument, methodologies, and selected findings in a Zoom webinar on Monday, September 28 at 3:00 Eastern Time. Learn more about this nationally representative sample of over 3,000 adults who completed the online survey with items covering access to health insurance and health care services; use of and access to paid and unpaid personal assistance services; employment, SSI and SSDI status; community participation; insurance coverage (including uninsured); unmet health care needs; health status; items related to social determinants of health; and demographics - including multiple measures of disability. For more information and access to the webiner visit ILRU's website: https://www.ilru.org/training/national-survey-health-and-disability-nshd-robust-dataset-you-can-use.
HALL, KURTH, AND OTHERS PUBLICH IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW
Tuesday, August 15, 2020
Jean P. Hall, Director of IHDPS, and Noelle Kurth recently published "How family crises may limit engagement of youth with disabilities in services to support successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment" in Children and Youth Services Review. Read the article at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105339.
OLENICK, BRUNS, AND NARY LEAD WEBINAR ON SELF CARE
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Kim Bruns and Dot Nary of Kansas DHP were joined by Colin Olenick of the Kansas DHP Consumer Advisory Board to present "Self-Care: Advocacy in Health Care." The webinar was presented as part of the Special Olympics Kansas Fitness Opportunities.
NARY AND HALL PRESENT TO HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Jean Hall and Dot Nary of the Kansas Disability and Health Program presented "Practical Tips for Providing Equitable Health Care to Pepole with Disabilities" as part of the KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center's (AHEC) Brown Bag Webinar Series. The session presented the difference between equal and equitable care by proiding examples relating to care for people with disabilities. The presentation drew on data from research literature regarding unequitable care, such as patients with disabilities not being counseled about tobacco use or physical activity; and members of this population receiving inappropriate cancer screenings, or no screenings at all. Hall and Nary provided resources for equitable patient care and practical tips for ensuring that patients with disabilities receive the full spectrum of care. Kansas DHP will make an announcement when the webinar is available on AHEC's virtual classroom.
NEW PUBLICATION FORTHCOMING IN DISABILITY AND HEALTH JOURNAL
Monday, July 13, 2020
IHDPS Director, Jean Hall, with colleagues Allen K Solenberg Jr. and Joanna V. Brooks, have an article in press with the Disability and Health Journal, "Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening for people with spinal cord injuries and/or disorders: A qualitative study.". Read the article.
KANSAS DISABILITY AND HEALTH PROGRAM ASSESSES USABILITY OF LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
Monday, July 13, 2020
A poster submitted to the 2020 NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officials) 360 annual conference described how five Kansas health departments were assessed for usability for people with disabilities. Jay Schulz, a KU graduate research assistant with the Kansas Disability and Health Program, is primary author on the poster which features data from assessments using the Community Health Environment Checklist (CHEC) by trained assessors at Barber, Lawrence-Douglas County, Harvey, Osage, and Reno county facilities. Staff from local Centers for Independent Living used their expertise in accessibility to assist with the assessments.
The CHEC is a standardized tool used to measure the usability of sites for people with disabilities so that barriers can be addressed. A CHEC assessment rates a facility on its usability, rather than simply its compliance with ADA, on a scale of 0 to 100. The CHEC is designed to assess most features of a facility, from parking and entrances to interior elements. The CHEC can be used to assess usability for people with mobility limitations, hearing limitations, and low vision. There is also a specific version of the CHEC to assess the usability of a medical office.
After CHEC data from the health departments were analyzed, summary reports were created that included scores reflecting the level of usability, barriers to usability, and recommendations and resources for addressing these barriers. Common barriers found in the facilities included inaccessible restroom features, parking that did not meet requirements, and a lack of height-adjustable exam tables. Schulz commented on the importance of these assessments in creating more accessible health care settings, “The CHEC provides an opportunity to talk with local health department staff about health and disability and the importance of including people with disabilities in their health equity work.”
REDMOND AWARDED SELF FELLOWSHIP
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Ellie Redmond, a student assistant in IHDPS and the RTC, has earned a Madison and Lila Self Memorial Fellowship to pursue her doctorate in occupational therapy. The fellowship includes $10,000 for tuition and fees, leadership and career development training, and membership in an interdisciplinary cohort of graduate students. Learn more about the fellowship.
HALL AND KURTH PRESENT HEALTH DISPARITY DATA IN WEBINAR
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Jean Hall and Noelle Kurth presented a webinar entitled "Health Disparities Experienced by People with ID and those with other Disabilities." The presentation drew upon recent, national data and anecdotes shared by people with ID and ASD in national interviews and the National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD). The webinar was hosted by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). Watch the webinar at their website.
HALL AND KURTH CO-AUTHOR ARTICLE ON HEALTH DISPARITIES AMONG SEXUAL AND GENDER MINORITIES
Friday, February 14, 2020
IHDPS Staff, Jean Hall and Noelle Kurth, with colleagues from the KU Lifespan Institute; KU Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Boston Medical Center, recently co-authored the article "Health Disparities Among Sexual and Gender Minorities with Autism Spectrum Disorder" in the Journal of Autism and Development Disabilities (JADD). Read the article.
HALL AND KURTH TO PRESENT HEALTH DISPARITY DATA IN WEBINAR
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Jean Hall and Noelle Kurth will present a webinar entitled "Health Disparities Experienced by People with ID and those with other Disabilities" on February 27 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. CST. .The presentation will draw upon recent, national data and anecdotes shared by people with ID and ASD in national interviews and surveys. The webinar is hosted by the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD). For more information and to register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7270927862088666380.
HALL AND KURTH PRESENT AT APHA ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Jean Hall and Noelle Kurth led a roundtable discussion entitled "Intersectionality of Disability and LGBTQ: Historical Context and Current Health Disparities" at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. The discussion sought to understand and quantify health disparities for working-age Americans with disabilities who are LGBTQ. For more information, contact Noelle Kurth. To read the roundtable abstract, visit the APHA website.
Hall and Kurth also co-authored an examination of insurance provider networks, employment, and unmet healthcare needs for people with disabilities. The authors presented their work at the APHA annual meeting.
Both presentations drew upon findings from the National Survey on Health and Disability.
TRAINING IN DISABILITY AWARENESS FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
In January, Kansas Disability and Health Program staff were joined by two Consumer Advisory Board members, Brad Linnenkamp and Lou Anne Kibbee, in presenting a series of four training webinars for health care providers across the state. The webinars were created in collaboration with the KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center, the primary educational outreach effort of KU Medical Center. The webinars are now available as independent study materials that can be accessed on an ongoing basis for a $15 fee. Read the story.
KANSAS DHP STAFF LEAD INCLUSION SPECIAL ISSUE
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Several staff members of the kansas Disability and Health Program contributed to a special issue of the the journal Inclusion. It focuses on health, health promotion, and health care for people with intellectual disability. For more information, visit the Inclusion website or contact Seth Coulter, email@example.com
NEW PUBLICATION ON ORAL HEALTH OF MEDICAID ENROLLEES WITH PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES
Tuesday August 21, 2018
IDHPS researchers have an in press article in the Jounral of Preventive Medicine documenting findings from a study on the oral health experiences and needs of people with psychiatric disabilities who are enrolled in Kansas Medicaid Managed Care (KanCare). The in press article is available online at: https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(18)31890-7/fulltext
IHDPS RESEARCHERS TEACH ADVOCATES AND CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING STAFF ABOUT NATIONAL DATASETS
Friday August 10, 2018
IDHPS researchers, Jean Hall, Noelle Kurth and Dot Nary, presented at the 14th annual Kansas Disability Caucus in Topeka. Their presentation entitled "Knowledge is Power! Research Data that Advocates can Use," lead a group of disability advocates and staff from Centers for Independent Living through four national databases they can use when writing grant proposals and other funding applications. Four online databases were introduced and participants were able to see the differences of each and talk about uses for each time of data presented. The handout describing the four databases covered can be downloaded HERE.
IHDPS RESEARCHERS PRESENT ON HEALTH POLICY AND MEDICAID AT NCIL CONFERENCE
Wednesday July 25th, 2018
Hall and Kurth presented information to consumers and advocates at the National Council on Independent Living annual conference in Washington, DC. Information regarding possible changes to Medicaid, such as work requirements, block grants and Medicaid Managed care were discussed.
MEDICAID EXPANSION AND EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES NEW RESEARCH PUBLISHED
Friday July 19th, 2018
The American Journal of Public Health recently published new research from IHDPS researchers, Hall and Kurth, and their colleagues Adele Shartzer from the Urban Institute and Kathleen Thomas from the University of North Carolina. The research shows that individuals in states who expanded Medicaid had significantly higher rates of employment than those in non-expansion states, after correcting for indiviual level characteristics and county-level employment rates.
Publication available here: https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2018.304536
Coverage in US New & World Report here: https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2018-07-19/study-medicaid-expansion-leads-to-higher-employment-among-people-with-disabilities
IHDPS DIRECTOR PRESENTS "BEST OF..." PAPER AT ACADEMYHEALTH ANNUAL RESEARCH MEETING
Sunday June 24, 2018
Dr. Jean Hall, Director of IHDPS, presented findings from research conducted as part of the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL). The paper, State Benchmarking, Employment Outcomes, and Implications for People with Disabilities, was chosen as one of the four "Best of" papers submitted to the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting Interest Groups. For more information about this prestigious award and presentation, please see: https://academyhealth.confex.com/academyhealth/2018arm/meetingapp.cgi/Session/16417
FORUM ON HEALTH REFORM
Saturday October 21, 2017
With colleagues from the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL), IHDPS researcher Noelle K. Kurth presented information on the impact of health reform on people with disabilities during a Health Policy Forum at the annual conference of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) held in Spokane, WA.
This presentation can be accessed by visiting the APRIL conference website, here.
EVALUATION OF KANSAS MEDICAID (KANCARE) PUBLISHED
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCFGKC) provided funding to IHDPS to complete a study documenting the first-hand experiences of adult Medicaid (KanCare) enrollees with serious mental illness. Nearly 200 KanCare enrollees across Kansas completed surveys about their experiences, access to care, unmet needs and suggestions for improving the program.
An executive summary of findings from the study can be downloaded from the HCFGKC website at the following link: https://hcfgkc.org/research/kansas-medicaid-experiences-adults-serious-mental-illness/
The full evaluation report can be downloaded at the following link: http://hcfgkc.org/ResearchKanCare
COMMONWEALTH FUND BLOG BY IDHPS DIRECTOR
Monday, June 5, 2017
The blog Why and How to Avoid High-Risk Pools for Americans with Preexisting Conditions provides information about the House passed AHCA legislation and how people with preexisting conditions could face high costs in the state-based high risk pools. Reinsurance programs, unlike high-pools are a better option that would maintain a large pool while helping insurance.
DR. JEAN HALL PUBLISHED IN ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
In an invited commentary, High-Risk Pools: An Illusion of Coverage That May Increase Costs for All in the Long-Term, IHDPS director Dr. Jean Hall, provides insight and expert opinion on the provisions in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) recently passed by the US House of Representatives. Specifically, how the AHCA's use of state optional high-risk pools would end up increasing insurance costs for all Americans and providing relatively poor and expensive coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.
MANAGED CARE MAGAZINE ARTICLE ON HIGH-RISK POOLS CITES IHDPS DIRECTOR
Monday, May 1, 2017
An interview with IHDPS Director, Dr. Jean Hall was featured in the Managed Care, GOP Jumps Back Into High-Risk Pools. But Will the Money Run Dry Again? The article discusses how the money earmarked for high-risk pools in the latest proposed health reform legislation falls short of what is actually needed.
IHDPS DIRECTOR QUOTED IN TIME MAGAZINE REGARDING PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND HEALTH REFORM
Friday, April 28, 2017
In a follow up to a previous article (listed below from April 25th), Dr. Jean Hall was interviewed concerning pre-existing conditions and the health reform legislation currently being debated. The article, AARP Says GOP Health Plan Could Raise Pre-Existing Conditions Premiums to $25,700, comes after news that proposed legislation could significantly increase premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.
MONEY MAGAZINE OVER HIGH-RISK POOLS
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Dr. Jean Hall was interviewed for her expertise in high-risk pools for the MONEY article, What You Need to Know About High-Risk Insurance Pools. The article discusses high-risk pools before implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and discusses why they were problematic.
THE COMMONWEALTH FUND PUBLISHES BLOG ON HIGH-RISK POOLS BY IHDPS DIRECTOR, JEAN HALL
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Dr. Jean Hall's blog, High-Risk Pools for People with Preexisting Conditions: A Refresher Course, highlights the reality of high-risk insurance pools for people with preexisting conditions. This blog comes as a response to the individuals who point towards high-risk pools as a potential solution in health care reform.
IHDPS DIRECTOR INTERVIEWED IN PUBLIC RADIO SEGMENT
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Dr. Jean Hall, IHDPS Director, was recently interviewed in the KMUW radio segment, High-Risk Pools Could Return To Kansas Under New Federal Health Care Law. In the segment, Dr. Hall revisits her research on high-risk pools, with specific regards to Kansas enrollees, in light of recently proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act.
JEAN HALL, IHDPS DIRECTOR, QUOTED IN THE GUARDIAN
Thursday, January 26, 2017
In a recent article in The Guardian, Here's how 'Obamacare' covered Americans with pre-existing conditions. What happens next?, IHDPS Director, Dr. Jean Hall was interviewed regarding the history of high-risk insurance coverage pools in the United States and their impact on the individuals enrolled in them.
IDHPS DIRECTOR INTERVIEWED ABOUT HIGH-RISK POOLS AS PART OF POTENTIAL ACA REPLACEMENT
Friday, January 13, 2017
A recent article on issues concerning potential Affordable Care Act alternatives was published this week. In the article, IHDPS Director, Jean Hall, was interviewed due to her expertise on high-risk pools and their impact on individuals with chronic illnesses. See the full article here.
MEDICAID EXPANSION RESEARCH CO-AUTHORED BY IHDPS STAFF FEATURED ON REUTERS HEALTH NEWS
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
IHDPS Director, Jean Hall, was interviewed regarding research she recently co-authored, Medicaid Expansion Tied to Employment Among People with Disabilities.
IHDPS RESEARCHERS CO-AUTHOR NEW FINDINGS ON MEDICAID EXPANSION
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) has recently published new research co-authored by IHDPS staff showing that individuals with disabilities are significantly more likely to be employed if they live in a state that has expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Effect of Medicaid Expansion on Workforce Participation for People with Disabilities, AJPH
University of Kansas press release
IHDPS DIRECTOR QUOTED IN CNN MONEY ARTICLE ON HIGH-RISK INSURANCE POOLS
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Dr. Jean Hall was quoted in CNN Money, How Trump May Cover Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions. The article addresses how high-risk insurance pools may be utilized for individuals with pre-existing conditions if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and what that may mean for the individuals who may be enrolled in them.
IHDPS DIRECTOR PRESENTS RESEARCH FINDINGS AT AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION (APHA) CONFERENCE
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Dr. Jean Hall presented findings from the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living's (CHRIL) research on the impact of Medicaid Expansion on the access to health care and employment of people with disabilities at the APHA annual conference in Denver, CO on November 1. Findings presented will be published in the APHA journal in the coming months.
IHDPS RECEIVES CDC FUNDING FOR DISABILITY AND HEALTH PROGRAM
The IHDPS has been awarded funding to help improve the health of individuals with disabilities by increasing accessibility to programs and removing barriers to services designed to promote healthy living. See the project page and read the release.
IHDPS DIRECTOR PRESENTS AT ACADEMYHEALTH ANNUAL RESEARCH MEETING (ARM)
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Dr. Jean Hall presents early findings from the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) research on the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the Disability Research Interest Group (DRIG) AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. Findings presented will be published soon, check back here for more information.
IHDPS RECEIVES FUNDING TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
In collaboration with Washington State University and Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU), IHDPS researchers were awarded funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to study how implementation of the ACA is impacting the health, quality of life and community participation of people with disabilities across the country. The grant establishes the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) with IHDPS researchers leading primary data collection efforts through national surveys and interviews with people with disabilities. See press release for more information, here.
RESEARCHERS ACROSS KANSAS PARTICIPATE IN SYMPOSIUM ON DISABILITY AND AGING
Monday, November 9, 2015
IHDPS co-sponsor and present at a Leadership in Research Symposium on the KU-Lawrence campus, Experience of Aging for People with Long-Term Disabilities: Opportunities to Further Research. With a keynote address by Kathy Greenlee, Director of the HHS Administration on Community Living (ACL) and former Kansan, the symposium brought thought-leaders from across Kansas together to discuss the future of aging and disability. For more information on the symposium and see presentations, please visit: http://rtcil.org/wgcl-symposium-presentations
IHDPS NOW WITHIN THE KU LIFE SPAN INSTITUTE
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Institute on Health & Disability Policy Studies has moved and will now be a research entity within the University of Kansas, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies (Life Span Institute, LSI). Established in 1990 with the mission of "discovery in the service of human health services", the goals and vision of LSI and IHDPS align and strengthen one another. For more information about LSI please visit, http://www2.ku.edu/~lsi/aboutus/index.shtml.
IHDPS DIRECTOR PUBLISHES CHAPTER IN REPORT BY NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DISABILITY
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
In this report, NCD reviews the research on outcomes since Olmstead, and finds that strong trends indicate that smaller, more dispersed and individualized community settings further integration and positive outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Specifically, greater individual choice, satisfaction, housing stability, and higher levels of adaptive behavior and community participation are associated with living in residential settings of smaller size. In the chapter, “Health Care Access for Working People with Disabilities: Medicaid Buy-in,” (pp. 31-41) written by Dr. Jean Hall, Medicaid Buy-In (MBI) programs are defined and discussed at length.
You can read Dr. Hall’s chapter as well as the entire NCD report here.
COMMONWEALTH FUND RELEASES NEW BLOG BY IHDPS DIRECTOR
Friday, February 13, 2015
As the new Congress convenes and the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in the King v. Burwell case challenging tax subsidies for insurance purchased through the federally facilitated marketplaces, proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are resurfacing. Risk pools have been suggested as a viable alternative to the ACA’s ban on preexisting condition exclusions in the individual market and the marketplaces. IHDPS Director, Dr. Jean Hall’s, explains why high-risk pools simply are not a realistic alternative to coverage requirements under the ACA.
This blog is available at: Why High-Risk Pools Still Don’t Work
IHDPS RESEARCH ON MANAGED CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES PUBLISHED
Thursday, January 01, 2015
With many states increasingly turning to managed care arrangements to control costs in their Medicaid programs, IHDPS researchers surveyed people with disabilities participating in the Kansas Medicaid managed care program, KanCare. Usually managed care programs across the country have excluded people with disabilities who use long-term services and supports (LTSS) due to their complex needs, however, like Kansas, other states are beginning to move this population to managed care. During April-August of 2013, IHDPS researchers documented the first-hand experiences of Medicaid enrollees with disabilities using LTSS during this transition to Medicaid managed care in Kansas through surveys and qualitative data analysis.
The published article is available online at the Disability and Health Journal website.
IHDPS RESEARCH PRESENTED AT ACADEMYHEALTH ANNUAL RESEARCH MEETING
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Findings from an IHDPS qualitative study on Medicaid Managed Care for people with disabilities in Kansas will be presented at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) in San Diego on June 8th. IDHPS staff will present their findings from a short survey conducted in Spring/Summer of 2013 after implementation of managed care in Kansas Medicaid. The findings from this small, one-state study will be shared with the goal of informing other state Medicaid programs and other stakeholders and policy makers about the potential barriers that could be encountered when using a managed care model for people with disabilities who need consistent access to the long-term services and supports in addition to traditional medical services.
The presentation is available for download at the ARM website. For more information, contact Dr. Jean Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IHDPS DIRECTOR PRESENTING AT APHA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Friday, November 01, 2013
Dr. Jean Hall, IHDPS Director, is presenting research findings regarding asset attainment and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the 141st annual American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in Boston, MA on Monday November 4th. Utilizing findings from previous research studies, Dr. Hall will describe how the ACA, with its elimination of asset-testing, has the potential to divert people with disabilities from dependence on federal disability programs, especially younger individuals.Dr. Hall’s presentation is available to download HERE
Questions about the presentation and the ACA? Contact Dr. Hall at email@example.com.
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO PIECE ON HIGH-RISK INSURANCE POOLS
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Dr. Jean Hall, IHDPS Director, was quoted in a National Public Radio piece, “Time to Get out of the High-Risk Health Pool?” The piece can accessed online by clicking HERE
Questions about this story featured on NPR and high-risk insurance pools and the ACA? Contact Dr. Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IHDPS DIRECTOR QUOTED IN WASHINGTON POST
Monday, July 22, 2013
IHDPS Director, Dr. Jean Hall, is a national expert on high-risk pool insurance coverage. The Washington Post interviewed her for a report on how those currently covered by state high-risk pools could be affected by the upcoming implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchanges. The article can accessed online by clicking HERE
IHDPS STAFF AND KUMC PARTNERS PRESENT FINDINGS AT 2013 ACADEMYHEALTH ANNUAL RESEARCH MEETING
Monday, June 24, 2013
Findings from IHDPS research conducted over the past year is being presented at the 2013 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Baltimore this week by Dr. Ellen Averett, KUMC partner. The presentation, “Asset Building: One way the ACA can improve health and employment outcomes for people with disabilities,” shares data that shows a correlation between asset attainment and health status. While many Medicaid Buy-In programs allow participants to accumulate assets in excess of $2,000, most programs cap the amount that can be accumulated. Medicaid expansion under ACA does not consider asset levels in determining eligibility, and does not require a disability determination. Especially for younger individuals with disabilities and low income, coverage under Medicaid expansion could allow a greater accumulation of assets and potentially better health and quality of life. For more information on these data and findings, email the project PI, Dr. Jean Hall, email@example.com
WEBINAR: EMPLOYMENT AS A HEALTH DETERMINANT IN A MEDICAID POPULATION WITH DISABILITIES
Thursday, February 28, 2013
On February 28th, Dr. Jean Hall presented ‘Employment as a Health Determinant in a Medicaid Population with Disabilities.’ The presentation highlighted findings from two research studies funded by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The webinar is close-captioned and can be viewed in its entirety by clicking HERE
To download slides from this presentation, click HERE
DR. JEAN HALL MODERATES & PUBLISHES IN SPECIAL ISSUE OF DISABILITY & HEALTH JOURNAL
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
This special section of the Disability & Health Journal on working-age adults with disabilities dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid is based on two panel presentations at the June 2012 meeting of the AcademyHealth Disability Research Interest Group (DRIG). The papers included in the issue consider health care access and outcomes as well as employment for this group of approximately four million individuals, many with complex health care needs and high costs. Dr. Jean Hall provides an introduction to 8 papers presented in this issue (see link below).
Dr. Hall, Noelle Kurth and Suzanne Hunt also have an article published in the issue, “Employment as a health determinant for working-age, dually-eligible people with disabilities.” This article provides research findings that indicated participants with any level of paid employment had significantly lower rates of smoking and better quality of life; self-reported health status was significantly higher, while per person per month Medicaid expenditures were less. Employment, even at low levels, was associated with better health and health behaviors as well as lower costs. Participants reported being discouraged from working by medical professionals and federal disability policies., please click the links below:
Hall, J.P., Kurth, N.K. & Hunt, S. (2012). Employment as a health determinant for working-age, dually-eligible people with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal. [online first]. DOI: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2012.11.001.
NEW COMMONWEALTH FUND BLOG POST BY DR. JEAN HALL
Friday, January 25, 2013
In a new blog post, “Building State Health Insurance Marketplaces: Lessons from the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan,” Dr. Jean Hall explains how early findings from the Pre-existing Conditions Insurance Plans (PCIPs) can inform insurance marketplace administrators as they work to build insurances exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Experiences from PCIPs suggests that while costs in the marketplaces may be high early on, they should decline over time. The elimination of coverage exclusions on the basis of preexisting conditions and the availability of affordable, continuous coverage should help, as should spreading costs across the marketplaces’ broader risk pool. Marketplace administrators in each state may wish to consult their PCIP administrators to learn more about specific issues encountered in outreach, enrollment, and early claims patterns. To access the blog, click here
JEAN HALL QUOTED IN WASHINGTON POST, NOVEMBER 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
November 5, 2012. Jean Hall was quoted in the Washington Post for her expertise in provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs). In the article she provides an example of PCIPs across state lines “If your son is enrolled in the West Virginia PCIP, he can transfer to the Florida PCIP immediately…transfers between PCIPs don’t require another waiting period.” Click here.
HALL, CHAPMAN & KURTH PUBLISH ARTICLE IN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Dr. Jean Hall with her colleagues Dr. Shwana Chapman and Noelle Kurth have published an article in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry, “Poor oral health as an obstacle to employment for Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities.” The article provides information about the oral health-care needs of a Medicaid population with disabilities who are employed and enrolled in a state Medicaid Buy-In program. Findings from the study indicate that more comprehensive dental benefits could result in increased oral and overall health, and eventual cost savings to Medicaid as more people work, have improved health, and pay premiums for coverage.The article is currently available online through the journal’s website before its print publication date, please click the link below:
Hall, J.P., Chapman, S.C, & Kurth, N.K. (2012). Poor oral health as an obstacle to employment for Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. [online first]. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.2012.00359.x
JEAN HALL AND NOELLE KURTH PRESENT AT TWO NATIONAL CONFERENCES
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Southwest Conference on Disability, October 11, in Albuquerque NM
Disability Research Interest Group meeting at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, June 23, 2012 in Orlando FL (http://www.academyhealth.org/Communities/content.cfm?ItemNumber=6545&navItemNumber=2026).
At both meetings, IHDPS staff presented findings that indicate employment is a health determinant among working-age adults with disabilities. Content from the presentations was published in a 2013 issue of the Disability and Health Journal:
Hall, J.P., Kurth, N.K. & Hunt, S. (2013). Employment as a health determinant for working-age, dually-eligible people with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal. [online first]. DOI: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2012.11.001
ISSUE BRIEF PUBLISHED BY JEAN HALL AND JAN MOORE
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Jean Hall and Jan Moore recently published an issue brief through The Commonwealth Fund titled, “The Affordable Care Act’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan: Enrollment, Costs, and Lessons for Reform.” The authors discuss the relatively low enrollment and high costs of the program and how these issues will be addressed when exchange plans are implemented in 2014. The brief has been cited in national media including Politico Pro and CQ Healthbeat.
CHAPMAN, HALL & MOORE PUBLISH ARTICLE IN JOURNAL OF DISABILITY POLICY STUDIES
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Dr. Jean Hall with her colleagues Dr. Shwana Chapman of Duke University and Jan Moore have published an article in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, “Health Care Access Affects Attitudes About Health Outcomes and Decisions to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits.” This article reports on qualitative findings from a mixed methods study that explored the efficacy of providing enhanced health benefits and services to people with chronic health conditions to reduce their application rates to federal disability programs. The article is currently available online through the journal’s website before the print edition coming in April 2013, please click the link below:
Chapman, S.C., Hall, J.P. & Moore, J.M. (2012). Health care access affects attitudes about health outcomes and decisions to apply for Social Security disability benefits. Journal of Disability Policy Studies. [online first]. DOI: 10.1177/1044207312437743
JEAN HALL QUOTED IN THE WASHINGTON POST
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Jean Hall has recently been quoted in the Washington Post for her expertise in preexisting-condition insurance plans (PCIPs). In the article she states, “The people coming into the PCIPs act more like the long-term uninsured…They’re not accustomed to managing on a day-to-day basis; they’re accustomed to going to the emergency department when things get bad.” To access the full article, “People with Preexisting Medical Conditions are Stuck in High-Risk Pools Until 2014,” click here.
RECENT ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY JEAN HALL & NOELLE KURTH
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Dr. Jean Hall and Noelle Kurth have published an article in the Disability and Health Journal, “Discrepancy among Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Social Security, and Functional Disability Measurement.” In this article, the authors examine and discuss the found limitations in using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for measuring disability prevalence, and implications for the new federal standards for the measurement of disability status. To access the article through the journal’s online website, please click the link below:
Hall, J.P., Kurth, N.K., & Fall, E. (2012). Discrepancy among behavioral risk factor surveillance system, social security, and functional disability measurement. Disability and Health Journal, 5(1), 60-63
JEAN HALL BLOG: PCIP ENROLLMENT
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
In a new blog post, Jean Hall takes a close look at the drivers of Pre-Existing Conditional Insurance Plan (PCIP) enrollment. State enrollment numbers, she says, are significantly influenced by the restriction in eligibility to those uninsured for six months, the number of uninsured and availability of prior preexisting insurance coverage in each state, the high cost of coverage, and other factors. To access the blog, click here.