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(February 12, 2015) Medicaid Managed Care and Community-Based Forum

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The National Council on Disability Invites You to a Medicaid Managed Care Forum

WHEN: February 12, 2015 9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. CST)

WHERE: AARP Louisiana State Office, One American Place, 301 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

RSVP: Please respond to if you would like to attend

FOLLOW: On Twitter: @NatCounDis; Dial-in Listen Only: 1-877-446-3914; Code: 647593

The purpose of this forum:  The National Council on Disability (NCD) is collaborating with federal agency representatives and disability leaders to facilitate cross-disability stakeholder engagement with federal partners to obtain meaningful input into the planning and implementation of Medicaid managed care programs.


1. Facilitate input on experiences, preferences and desired outcomes for Medicaid managed care among disability leadership, federal and state agency representatives; health plans, providers, and consumers;

2. Promote the Medicaid managed care principles outlined in the NCD report, Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities; 

3. Summarize and disseminate the forum proceedings and stakeholder input; and

4. Highlight NCD’s Medicaid Managed Care recommendations to States, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Congress.

Reasonable Accommodations:  An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be available, along with Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART). Individuals who plan to attend this forum in person and require reasonable accommodations other than an ASL interpreter and CART should notify NCD contractor Capital Health Strategies, Consultant Ellen Piekalkiewicz as soon as possible to allow time to make arrangements at (850) 241-2051 or by email at  Chemical Sensitivity  -  Please note: To help reduce exposure to fragrances for people with multiple chemical sensitivities, NCD requests that all individuals attending the forum in person will please refrain from wearing scented personal care products such as perfumes, hairsprays, colognes, lotions, deodorants, and other similar products.

About the National Council on Disability (NCD): First established as an advisory Council within the Department of Education in 1978, NCD became an independent federal agency in 1984. In 1986, NCD recommended enactment of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and drafted the first version of the bill which was introduced in the House and Senate in 1988. Since enactment of the ADA in 1990, NCD has continued to play a leading role in crafting disability policy, and advising the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policies, programs, and practices.


9:00 AM    Registration and Sign In

9:15 AM    Call to Order, Welcome and Introductions

  • Andrew Muhl, Policy Director, AARP Louisiana
  • Kamilah Martin-Proctor, Co-Vice-Chair, National Council on Disability (NCD)

9:30 AM    NCD Medicaid Managed Care Principles and NCD Recommendations

  • Ari Ne’eman, Council Member, NCD

10:00 AM  Policy Panel and Discussion, Clyde Terry, NCD Moderator

Panel 1: Federal Update -- Medicaid Managed Care

  • Carrie Smith (invited), Assistant Director, Disabled & Elderly Health Programs Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Rocky Nichols, Executive Director, Disability Rights Kansas; Board President, National Disability Rights Network

Kamilah Martin-Proctor, NCD Council Member, Question and Answer

11:15 AM   National Health Law Program Recommendations to CMS

  • Elizabeth Edwards, Staff Attorney, National Health Law Program

12:00 PM   LUNCH BREAK – lunch on your own

1:15 PM     Louisiana Medicaid Managed Care – State of the State

  • Ruth Kennedy, State Medicaid Director

1:45 PM     Policy Panel and Discussion, Clyde Terry, NCD Moderator

Panel 2: Louisiana Medicaid Managed Care

  • Stephanie Patrick, Advocacy Center, Louisiana
  • Sandee Winchell, Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Merrill Friedman, Vice-President, Wellpoint

Kamilah Martin-Proctor, NCD Council Member, Question and Answer

2:30 PM    Policy Panel and Discussion, Gary Blumenthal, NCD Moderator

Panel 3: Putting Consumer Control at the Center of Medicaid Managed Care

  • Karen Scallan, Certified Parent Support Provider, Special Needs & Parent Support Services of LA
  • Bambi Polotzola, Parent
  • Rebecca Ellis, Parent, Northshore Families Helping Families

3:15 PM   Wrap Up, Facilitated Discussion about Next Steps/Actions

  • Rocky Nichols and Gary Blumenthal

3:30PM     Adjourn