FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES EXTENSION TO COMPLY WITH HCBS FINAL RULE
Marty Omoto of CDCAN reports “The federal agency that oversees Medicaid (called “Medi-Cal” in California) announced today that it will extend for all states the deadline to fully comply with the 2014 Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Final Rule. Prior to the extension, the deadline states faced was March 2019. The extension will have dramatic impact to the states, including California.
“In the letter sent to all states, the federal agency that oversees Medicaid and Medicare services said that “…In recognition of the significance of the reform efforts underway, CMS intends to continue to work with states on their transition plans for settings that were operating before March 17, 2014 to enable states to achieve compliance with the settings criteria beyond 2019. Consistent with the preamble language, states should continue progress in assessing existing operations and identifying milestones for compliance that result in final Statewide Transition Plan approval by March 17, 2019. However, in light of the difficult and complex nature of this task, we will extend the transition period for states to demonstrate compliance with the home and community-based settings criteria until March 17, 2022 for settings in which a transition period applies.
“We anticipate that this additional three years will be helpful to states to ensure compliance activities are collaborative, transparent and timely.”
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