The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community based settings (HCBS) effective March 17, 2014. The purpose of the regulation is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community and that the individual’s role in service planning is optimized. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS. Idaho Medicaid is currently completing an analysis of the regulation to determine the impact to participants and providers.
CMS expects all states to develop a HCBS transition plan that provides an assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies and timelines for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. When available, Idaho will post the draft transition plan for comment on this website for 30 days. The plan will also be distributed to provider associations, consumer advocacy organizations, and other potentially interested stakeholders for feedback.
Additionally, stakeholder meetings will be provided via a series of WebEx presentations in the upcoming months. Stakeholders are encouraged to attend and provide comments during this time.
All comments will be reviewed. The state will incorporate appropriate suggestions and summarize the modifications made to the transition plan in response to the public comment. A summary of public comments, including comments that agree and disagree with the state’s determination about whether types of settings meet the HCBS requirements, will be included.
Resource on Home and Community Based Advocacy
Please take a moment to access a great resource (HCBS Advocacy) for learning more about the HCBS setting regulations and how they are expected to impact both providers and individuals receiving home and community based services.
Under the State Resources tab you will find information on each state’s current efforts to comply with the new HCBS setting regulations. Under the National Resources tab you will find helpful national-level advocacy resources. They include a variety of tools to assist with advocating for people who may access HCBS. This website contains a host of additional information any stakeholder should be interested in reading.