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Waiver is a short way of saying "Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Program."

New Federal Rules Boost Rights of People with Disabilities Who Use Waiver Services

The right of people with disabilities to choose where they live and work recently got a big boost from new requirements issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These new rules apply to Medicaid Waivers and some other Medicaid services. The rules require that a person-centered planning process be used to develop an individual's support plan, and also establish requirements on how and where services are delivered.

Three Year Extension for States

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces a 3 Year Extension for states to meet requirements within the HCBS Settings Rule

New Regulations

The new regulations are here: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/01/16/2014-00487/medicaid-program-state-plan-home-and-community-based-services-5-year-period-for-waivers-provider#h-53

Office of Long-Term Living Transition Plan

The Office of Long-Term Living has released its plan for how it will comply with the new rules for the Aging, Attendant Care and Independence Waivers. They invite public public comment. Their transition plan can be found here: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/document/c_084244.pdf

Webinar About the New Rules

To learn more about the new rules, view this 1 hour webinar by Kelly Whitcraft, Policy Coordinator at the Disability Rights Network of PA.

Copy of the presentation (PDF)

Copy of the presentation (Word)

Online Resource

Link to good web resource on the new rules: http://hcbsadvocacy.org/



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