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Public Comment Period for Developmental Disabilities Waiver Amendments Opens | KRVN Radio

Public Comment Period for Developmental Disabilities Waiver Amendments Opens

Public Comment Period for Developmental Disabilities Waiver Amendments Opens
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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking public input on proposed amendments to its Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Developmental Disabilities (DD) waiver applications.  A 30-day public comment period begins today (December 10) and runs through January 9.

“It’s very important that we hear from the people who are most affected by these waiver changes,” said Courtney Miller, Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities.  “These amendments are in response to a corrective action plan outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services when the Medicaid HCBS DD waiver applications were approved.  They include initial changes regarding a rate rebase and provisions related to subcontracting host homes, based on input from providers and stakeholders.”

Currently, the Division has two Medicaid HCBS DD waivers to provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The Comprehensive Developmental Disability Services waiver and the Developmental Disabilities Adult Day Services waiver were both approved in 2017.  They allow individuals who would otherwise qualify for institutional-level care to receive funding for services and programs delivered in non-institutional, community-based settings.

“The waivers provide increased options and flexibility to purchase the services and supports individuals need and want,” said Miller.  “Providing choice among our array of services helps the Nebraskans we serve live better lives.”

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is hosting several sessions to provide the public opportunity to learn about and comment on the proposed waiver amendments:

12/11/18WebEx On-Line Session – 1:00 – 3:00 pm

                 WebEx On-Line Session – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

12/13/18WebEx On-Line Session – 9:00 – 11:00 pm

                  WebEx On-Line Session – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

12/20/18 – Public Comment Session
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Nebraska State Office Building
Lower Level Conference Room C
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE  68509

The next step after the 30-day comment period is submitting the Department’s response to the comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for approval.

To view the waivers, go to http://dhhs.ne.gov/dd-publiccomment or request a copy by calling 877-667-6266.

Comments may be submitted to DHHS.DDWaiverQuestions@Nebraska.gov, faxed to 402-471-8792 or mailed to the Department of Health and Human Services – DDD, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 98947, Lincoln, NE 68509-8947 by 5 p.m. January 9, 2019.

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