The State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2022

The longstanding direct support workforce crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to closures of critically needed services and a denial of access to community-based supports.
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Capitol Correspondence - 10.25.22

CMS Releases New Public Health Emergency Unwinding Guidance

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On October 17, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the new COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Unwinding Frequently Asked Questions for State Medicaid and CHIP Agencies. The FAQ document is focused primarily on the renewal and unwinding eligibility process for Medicaid-eligible beneficiaries. The document does not make specific reference to the unwinding of certain flexibilities authorized under the public health emergency such as those allowable under Appendix K and Section 1135.

The public health emergency declaration was most recently renewed for another 90 days on October 13. If not renewed once again, the declaration will expire in mid-January 2023.