At the start of the year, Delaware announced it would pay for Medicaid based on health outcomes rather than the amount of services provided. State health officials, such as Steve Groff, director of Delaware’s Division of Medicaid and a member of CDS’s community advisory council, shared that the state’s two managed care organizations, Highmark and AmeriHealth Caritas, are developing tactics to emphasize value over volume.
News outside CDS
UD professor Iva Obrusnikova is leading a project to develop workout regimens for people with intellectual disabilities that emphasize independence and goal-setting. Obrusnikova says exercise is especially important to people with intellectual disabilities because they have higher rates of obesity than the general public and often work in physically demanding jobs.
Reacting to the conservative initiative to add work requirements to social programs like food stamps, Delaware congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester warned the change could unfairly cause people to lose their eligibility. She cited obstacles such as lost paperwork, irregular work hours and lack of transportation.
The Dover Post illustrates the increasing social inclusion of people with autism, along with the challenges they and their families still face, by profiling a young man with autism who has been working for years and a kindergarten student with autism taking inclusion classes.