NSCLC: State Officials, Providers, and Disability and Aging Groups Praise CMS Guidance on HCBS Rule

From our colleagues at NSCLC:  Since Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) release of final regulations regarding the settings of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rule in January 2014, there has been some confusion among providers, families, advocates, people with disabilities and their families over whether people will lose services on March 17, … Continue reading

NSCLC: Preparing Advocates to Shape HCBS Transition Plans

From our colleagues from NSCLC: The new federal regulations on community-based settings mean states must bring their Medicaid HCBS systems into compliance. NSCLC’s Four Tips for Consumer Advocates produced with the National Disability Rights Network offers advice for assessing their state’s compliance progress. We’ve produced several webinars on the topic throughout the summer and fall … Continue reading

NCOA: 2014 HCBS Conference Materials and Video Presentations

From our colleagues at NCOA:  Presentations from the 2014 Home and Community-Based Services Conference are available online. The annual event sponsored by the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) focused on programs and services to help keep people independent in their own homes. Continue here for Conference Materials and Video Presentations: http://nasuad.org/hcbs-conference/2014-hcbs-conference-materials-and-video-presentations

NSCLC: California Releases Draft of HCBS Transition Plan for Public Comment

From our colleagues at NSCLC:  New federal regulations set standards to ensure that Medicaid-funded home and community-based services (HCBS) are provided in environments that are non-institutional in nature.  It is not enough that a Medicaid HCBS consumer is not living in an institution — under the new standards, the consumer must be integrated with the … Continue reading

NSCLC: State Transition plans for New Medicaid HCBS Regulations: Four Tips for Consumer Advocates

Click here for PDF: http://www.nsclc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/State-Transition-Plans-for-New-Medicaid-HCBS-Regulations_Four-Tips-for-Consumer-Advocates.pdf

NSCLC: Correction: CMS to Require that Stakeholders Have Meaningful Opportunity to Comment on HCBS Transition Plans

From our colleagues at NSCLC:  As reported earlier this month in an NSCLC alert (6/4/14), some states seem to be out of compliance with the public comment provisions of the new Medicaid HCBS regulations. States are required to develop transition plans that explain how the state will bring its HCBS programs into compliance with the … Continue reading

California Healthline: CMS Eases Use of Medicaid Funds for Home-, Community-Based Care

On Friday, CMS published a final rule under the Affordable Care Act intended to encourage states to use Medicaid funds to provide home- and community-based care for older U.S. residents and those who have physical and mental disabilities, Modern Healthcarereports. According to Modern Healthcare, states previously had to apply for a waiver to use Medicaid funds for home- and … Continue reading

Medicaid Program; State Plan Home and Community-Based Services, 5-Year Period for Waivers, Provider Payment Reassignment, and Setting Requirements for Community First Choice

Summary This proposed rule would revise Medicaid regulations to define and describe State plan home and community-based services (HCBS) under the Social Security Act (the Act) as added by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act1 ). This proposed rule offers … Continue reading

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