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Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans—What Advocates Need to Know

January 27, 2022

This webinar took place on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET. 

Almost three million individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) are enrolled in Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) and that enrollment is expected to rapidly rise. Increasingly, states are focusing on D-SNPs as a primary vehicle for integrating care and improving coordination of services for their dual eligible populations. Yet many advocates know little about what D-SNPs are, what makes them unique, and how they operate. 

Join Justice in Aging for this webinar. We will:

  • Explain the basics of D-SNPs—what they are, their structure, and how they are regulated
  • Identify specific areas where advocates can engage with their states to ensure that D-SNPs work effectively to coordinate care and benefits for dual eligibles
  • Present strategies for centering equity in the design of D-SNPs 
  • Summarize changes that CMS is proposing in D-SNP regulation

Earlier this month, Justice in Aging released an issue brief on this topic: Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs): What Advocates Need to Know

Who Should Participate:
State-based advocates working with older adults and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid.

Georgia Burke, Directing Attorney
Tiffany Huyenh-Cho, Senior Staff Attorney 

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