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November 12, 2019 Resources: CMS Webinars this Month on HCBS Provider-Owned Controlled Settings, Value-Based Payments, Mental Health

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a timely series of webinars covering three key issues in the disability community: how to comply with the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule, specifically on lease issues; shifting away from the current fee-for-service Medicaid system towards value-based payments; understanding populations with mental illness - many people with intellectual / developmental disabilities (I/DD) are dually diagnosed with mental illness.

November 12, 2019 Big Picture: Courts Pose Challenges to Key Trump Administration Health Policies

This article by Politico Pulse is an informative review of the court status of health initiatives prioritized by the Trump Administration. ANCOR has followed all the issues listed below because of their potential effect on people with disabilities or the workforce that supports individuals with disabilities. As an update on this content, today at the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) annual conference, ANCOR staff heard Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma criticize efforts to “weaponize the legal system against state innovation”.  

November 12, 2019 Resources to Assist People with Disabilities with Open Enrollment

In this article we share resources for providers and family members assisting people with disabilities who are navigating the open enrollment period right now.

November 4, 2019 We’re Moving to Tuesday! State Disability News Will Be Issued on Monday

So that we can offer more content to our members, ANCOR Capitol Correspondence will be issued every Tuesday starting on November 12. 

November 4, 2019 ANCOR Joins Letter Supporting Funding for Lifespan Respite Care

ANCOR joined a letter of support for a manager’s amendment to the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act, which would reauthorize the Lifespan Respite Care Program at $50 million over five years.

November 4, 2019 U.S. Representative Walden Announces 2020 Retirement

U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) is currently the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over many health issues such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and electronic visit verification.

November 4, 2019 CMS Plans Closer Scrutiny of Medicaid Eligibility, Financing

With the majority of disability supports in the U.S. funded by Medicaid, we are closely following news that CMS is seeking to issue rules this fall on how states determine who is eligible for the program and how it is financed. 

November 4, 2019 CMS Issues New Information Bulletin on EVV Implementation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new information bulletin on what states need to do to receive enhanced funding, provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, to administer EVV. 

November 4, 2019 CMS Issues Final Rule on Home Health Payments

Our members who provide home health services in addition to supports for people with intellectual / developmental disabilities will be interested in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) newly released home health final rule. 

November 4, 2019 Mark Your Calendars: USCCR Hearing on Subminimum Wages, US Access Board Discusses Elections Assistance

This week and next, two government bodies will be discussing timely issues for the disability community – elections assistance, and subminimum wages. Both events will have a webcast for those outside of the Washington, DC area.