Capitol Correspondence - 09.29.20

ACL to Hold Webinar on Oct. 1 on Innovations in HCBS Program During the Pandemic

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As announced by the Administration for Community Living:

“The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) host a monthly webinar series that invites subject matter experts to share insights and best practices to develop high quality home- and community-based services (HCBS) and programs beyond regulatory compliance.  

On January 27, 2020, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency (PHE) responding to COVID-19. Today States face the expiration of many emergency waivers and flexibilities put in place to address the PHE. States will need to evaluate whether to extend or rescind these expiring emergency measures. They also have the option to adopt some of these flexibilities in their existing HCBS State Plan and Waiver Programs.

HCBS stakeholders have the opportunity to leverage a more responsive infrastructure to reevaluate and potentially redesign HCBS programs, supports, and services to better serve present and future HCBS beneficiaries.

This webinar invites attendees to learn about:

  • CMS waivers and flexibilities (analysis and discussion);
  • Replicable strategies and partnerships that leverage existing infrastructure to address PHE issues; and
  • Policy areas where  collaboration and innovation is needed to ensure the safety and well-being of HCBS beneficiaries during and after the PHE.


  • MaryBeth Musumeci, Associate Director, Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Linda Joyce, Consultant, New Editions Consulting, Inc.
  • Rose Herrera, Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) & Residential Program Settings Specialist, Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Erin Prangley, Director of Public Policy, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)
  • Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy, Center for Public Representation
  • Dave Machledt, Senior Policy Analyst, National Health Law Program

Register for the webinar.

The webinar will be recorded. If you cannot attend and are interested in the webinar, please register. We will send you a link via email shortly after the webinar concludes.

Live captioning will be available.

Questions? Please email: [email protected]