NAHC Advises Congress on Key HCBS Legislation

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Medicaid coverage of home and community-based services is, by far, the leading source of support for health care in the home for millions of individuals with disabilities and infirmities of all kinds beyond the incredible efforts of unpaid family and friends who are the backbone of home caregivers in our nation. Each year, millions of […]

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NAHC Advises Congress on Key HCBS Legislation

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Medicaid coverage of home and community-based services is, by far, the leading source of support for health care in the home for millions of individuals with disabilities and infirmities of all kinds beyond the incredible efforts of unpaid family and friends who are the backbone of home caregivers in our nation. Each year, millions of […]

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Why Joe Biden’s Economic Plan Includes Home Health Care, Not Just Roads And Bridges

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Building roads and bridges is good for the economy, pretty much everybody agrees. But helping senior citizens stay out of nursing homes? Raising pay for child care workers? President Joe Biden says those sorts of initiatives can help, too. And he’s got a strong case. Ever since the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden has talked about […]

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Listening Session on Home and Community-Based Services in the American Rescue Plan Act

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servicse (CMS) has scheduled a listening session with the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services’ Disabled & Elderly Health Programs Group to help inform their development of  guidance for state Medicaid agencies concerning the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provision. This call will be Conference […]

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Passage of the American Rescue Act of 2021

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On Wednesday, March 10, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, following the Senate’s approval of the bill over the weekend. The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act is the sweeping COVID-19 relief package identified by President Biden as his top legislative priority in the early days of his administration. The […]

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HCBS News Roundup

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Biden Addresses the Nation President Joe Biden delivered his first prime-time address to the nation last night, setting a timetable for a return to something resembling normality and almost begging Americans to take the COVID-19 vaccines and continue to abide by social distancing guidelines. Biden ordered states to make all adults eligible for the vaccine […]

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Congress Approves American Rescue Plan Act with Key Features for HCBS

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President Biden to sign the bill into law on Thursday, March 11 On Wednesday, March 10, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, following the Senate’s approval of the bill over the weekend. The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act is the sweeping COVID-19 relief package identified by President Biden […]

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Members of Congress Push for More HCBS Funding

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With the next COVID-19 relief package currently under development and possibly coming with a significant price tag, upwards of $1.9 trillion as requested by the Biden administration, many elected officials and stakeholder groups are proposing increased funding to Medicaid home and community based services (HCBS). Similar proposals have been made in earlier versions of COVID-19 […]

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Webinar: Bridging the Digital Divide for HCBS Beneficiaries (Part I)

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The Department of Health & Human Services will host an important new webinar, “Bridging the Digital Divide for HCBS Beneficiaries,”  produced by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This webinar is part of a monthly series that invites subject matter experts and practitioners from across the […]

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NAHC to Congress: Support Home & Community Services in New COVID Relief

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined with other likeminded organizations to urgently ask Congress to consider the overlooked needs of the disabled and elderly when considering any upcoming COVID relief. None of the legislation that Congress has ultimately passed has included any dedicated funding  the for Home and Community-Based Services […]

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CMS Toolkit to Accelerate State Efforts to Enhance Home and Community-Based Services

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Today, CMS launched a new toolkit designed for state Medicaid agencies to strengthen their infrastructure and develop robust home and community-based services (HCBS) for eligible beneficiaries. This toolkit is the latest in a series of CMS efforts to promote high quality, person-centered HCBS to safely transition older adults and individuals with disabilities back to their […]

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CMS Proposes to Develop Standard Measures for HCBS

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to develop standard measures to use across the home and community-based services (HCBS) system for voluntary use by states, managed long-term services and supports (LTSS) plans, providers and other entities to address the gaps and recommendations identified in the report. Specifically, it recommends that the […]

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