Category Archives: Home & Community Based Services

NSCLC Comments on Proposed Regulations for Medicaid Cost Sharing

Please distribute widely Your Comments Needed: Proposed Federal Regulations Would Subject Medicaid Beneficiaries to LTSS Co-Payments We need your help!  Please provide comments to the federal government to object to proposed Medicaid regulations that would allow states to charge co-pays … Continue reading

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Advocates Guide: Medicaid Long Term Services & Supports 101: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges

The guide offers advocates a primer on the law that impacts Medicaid-funded home and community-based services. It highlights key resources and tools to use when advocating to expand and preserve Medicaid coverage of critical LTSS services.  

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HHS Inspector General Finds Weaknesses in Federal Monitoring of HCBS Quality

(August 2012) A report released by the HHS Inspector General has revealed that seven out of twenty-five states did not have adequate systems to ensure quality of care provided to home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver beneficiaries. The Centers for Medicare … Continue reading

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NSCLC Comments on State Plan HCBS Benefit

(7/3/2012) NSCLC comments on proposed federal regulations to define when Medicaid home and community-based (HCBS) funding can be used and when, on the other hand, a setting is excessively institutional.  NSCLC advocates for strong consumer protections, including requirements for single-occupancy rooms, … Continue reading

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Administration for Community Living Webinar: Managed LTSS: Engaging in the Stakeholder Process

Part 2 Tuesday, July 24, 2012 As states develop managed long-term services and supports systems for older adults and individuals with disabilities, it is critical that stakeholders – consumers and professionals alike – provide input during the proposal and implementation … Continue reading

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CMS Releases Community First Choice Final Regulations; Seeks More Input on When Housing Is “Community-Base”

As it continues implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released final regulations for the Community First Choice option (CFC). CFC provides an incentive for state Medicaid programs to offer more extensive … Continue reading

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Maryland Is Second State Approved for Medicaid’s Balancing Incentive Payments Program

Maryland is the second state to receive federal approval under the Balancing Incentive Payments Program (BIPP) to shift state Medicaid spending towards community-based care.  Beginning this April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will provide Maryland with over $106 … Continue reading

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Local CA Adult Day Health Care Center Saved for Now

At the end of March 2012, NSCLC, working with local legal services lawyers, achieved an important victory when the Kern County Board of Supervisors agreed to postpone for three months the closure of its adult day health care center. The … Continue reading

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California Settlement Preserves Access to Adult Day Health Care

On November 17, 2011, seven plaintiffs who represent a class of 35,000 low-income people with disabilities, including older adults, and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit that challenged the State’s planned … Continue reading

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Webinar: How Recent CMS Guidance and Proposed Policies Increase HCBS Access

Webinar 10/12/11. Congress acknowledged in the ACA that Medicaid’s coverage for home and community-based services remains insufficient, and it authorized several new Medicaid programs and services in order to help shift Medicaid’s spending balance from institutional care to HCBS.  Independent … Continue reading

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