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CMS Home & Community Based Settings Under Medicaid Waiver Rule
CMS issued its much-anticipated final rule defining Home and Community-Based settings under Medicaid waiver programs. According to a CMS fact sheet, the final rule addresses several sections of Medicaid law under which states may use federal Medicaid funds to pay for HCBS services. Further, the rule ensures that individuals receiving services such as housing under HCBS programs have full access to the benefits of community living and are able to receive services in the most integrated setting. CMS' Home & Community Based Services website contains the above-mentioned fact sheet and other materials related to the new rule.
In addition, CMS will host a webinar on Thursday, January 23, at 1:00 p.m. EST to discuss the final rule, with a repeat of the webinar on Thursday, January 30, also at 1:00 p.m. EST. Check the CMS website for registration information to be posted soon.
AHCA/NCAL spearheaded the collaborative effort of aging organizations to impress upon CMS the negative impact the original draft rule could have on seniors and individuals with disabilities. That early draft had the potential to displace the majority of the 139,000 individuals who rely on Medicaid and are currently residing in assisted living and residential care communities.
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The following resource links on "integrated long-term care systems" provide a wealth of information about model projects across the nation, as well as many other resources related to research and development projects and reports related to the continuum of LTC.
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