Researchers from The Hilltop Institute at UMBC made several presentations at the 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 14-18, 2012, in San Diego. The largest was the symposium “Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees: An Examination of New Maryland Enrollees and Pathways to Coverage.” In the session, Hilltop researchers shared the results of their analyses and findings from a background paper about pathways to eligibility for both programs.
Hilltop Director of Long-Term Services and Supports Policy and Research Donna Folkemer, MA, moderated the session. Cynthia Woodcock, MBA (formerly of Hilltop and now Practice Area Lead, Long-Term Care, Aging, and Disability at IMPAQ International), discussed the literature review that described the various pathways to eligibility, presented examples of programs aimed at delaying functional decline and/or poverty, and reviewed enrollment barriers faced by individuals who need both Medicare and Medicaid coverage. Hilltop Policy Analyst Aaron Tripp, MSW, discussed the study on demographic and programmatic characteristics, which compared and contrasted enrollees in both programs with particular attention to identifying differences among various groups. Hilltop Director of Special Studies Ian Stockwell, MA, discussed the study on prior Medicare and Medicaid resource use, which examined chronic disease patterns and prior health care expenditures of persons who began to receive coverage in 2008 from both Medicare and Medicaid. Chuck Milligan, JD, MPH, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Deputy Secretary of Health Care Financing, was the discussant for the session. View the presentation. View the three study reports.
In addition to this session, Aaron Tripp and Cynthia Woodcock presented “New Jersey Care Partner Support Pilot Program: Findings.” Also, Ian Stockwell presented “Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in Maryland: Money Follows the Person (MFP) Metrics,” which discussed the set of evaluation metrics for Maryland’s MFP program that Hilltop built and used to evaluate the program.