“Late Tuesday evening, the U.S. Senate passed H.R.6042 through unanimous consent. Among other provisions, the bill would delay the implementation of new electronic visit verification (EVV) requirements for home and community-based services (HCBS) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The bipartisan bill delays implementation by one year until January 2020 and permits an additional one-year good faith delay, allowing states to request an extension for implementation until January 2021. H.R.6042 also mandates that CMS convene stakeholders to discuss implementation. The bill will now be sent to President Trump’s desk, where it is expected the president will sign the bill into law.
The passage of H.R.6042 was made possible through ANCOR’s coordinated effort to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill, as well as through the mobilization of more than 2,000 advocates from within ANCOR’s membership and beyond. “We knew that a delay bill would have to pass quickly in order to be effective,” said Sarah Meek, ANCOR’s Director of Legislative Affairs. “The goal among bipartisan leaders in the House and the Senate, as well as a broad array of stakeholders, was focused on ensuring a process that would avoid undue harm and result in the best possible outcome for people with disabilities and the providers who support them.”
Congratulations, ANCOR members! We expect the President to sign the bill into law by the end of the month. The next step in our EVV work is to continue working with CMS on improved guidance and considering a larger legislative fix to the EVV legislation if necessary.
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