The Working Together Challenge concluded in June 2015.

Who Participated?

Professionals with:

  • Expertise in Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and other programs at the state, federal or local level that facilitate access to supports and services;
  • An understanding of the needs of individuals with disabilities;
  • Experience providing supports and services for individuals with disabilities;
  • Experience advocating for the needs of individuals with disabilities; and or
  • An interest in studying and improving services and supports for persons with disabilities.

Where and When?

The Working Together Challenge ran online on an IdeaScale platform from early May through Sunday, June 19, 2015.

The steps to join the challenge were:

  1. Visit the Working Together site on IdeaScale at and create an account.
    ► If you already have an IdeaScale account, you can use your existing account to join the Working Together site.
    ► If you are a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, we have already registered you for the challenge and you will receive an invitation to finalize your registration. Contact Kristine Quinio with questions.
  2. Complete the short registration form to create your IdeaScale account.
    ►If you’re an Academy member, the registration form will be automatically completed for you.
  3. Check your inbox. Within the next 24 hours, you will receive a notice that you have been approved to join the Working Together challenge.
    ►If you’re an Academy member, you have been pre-approved to join.

There were two ways to participate in the challenge:

  1. Submit a brief response (250 words or less) to one or more of the following questions (also called campaigns):
  • Notable Results i.e. What’s working? (Submit examples of programs, models, policies, and practices that have produced notable results, including programs or data on programs tied to Medicaid and Medicare, as well as supportive services like transportation, housing, and job training)
  • Research Questions and/or Gaps in Data i.e. What do we need to find out? (Identify gaps in existing data, or areas that have yet to be addressed)
  • New Initiatives i.e. What else should we try? (Submit proposals for new initiatives that would strengthen the quality and sustainability of Medicare and Medicaid, especially as these programs continue to play a vital role in the lives of individuals with disabilities)2. Review, rank, or comment on other submissions. We encourage you to do this whether or not you also submit your own ideas.