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Implications of HCBS Final Rule on Non-Residential Settings – The Impact of New HCBS Guidance on Employment & Day Services

February 27, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Innovative Strategies for Using Medicaid State Plan and Waiver Options to Promote Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities

February 20, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Medicaid Managed Care and Its Implications on Employment Services

May 28, 2014

As states continue to transition their Medicaid systems into managed care models, numerous opportunities and risks to Medicaid-financed employment services have emerged.

New CMS Regulation on HCBS Settings: Implications for Employment Services

June 25, 2014

In the aftermath of CMS' recent regulation defining acceptable and unacceptable settings for Home and Community Based Services, states and stakeholders are now considering how to transition their service-provision systems into compliance with the

Redefining Home & Community Based Services: CMS Guidance on Non-Residential Services and its Implications for Employment

March 25, 2015

This webinar will include presenters from CMS and national subject matter experts, who will discuss the HCBS rule and its applications in supporting individuals with disabilities to seek and attain competitive integrated employment.

CMS Releases Its Final Rule Addressing Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS), including Employment LTSS, Under Managed Care Plans

May 31, 2016

On April 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a comprehensive Final Rule on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care programs.

CMS Releases Planned Construction and Person-Centered Planning Requirements in HCBS Settings Requirements Compliance Toolkit

May 31, 2016

CMS has recently released a new section of its Settings Requirements Compliance toolkit, titled Frequently Asked Questions on Planned Construction and Person-Centered Planning Requirements. The resource addresses a number of questions that people...

EEOC Issues New Resource Related to Getting Employees Crucial Disability-Related Employment Leave, Including Medical Leave

May 31, 2016

On May 9, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new resource document discussing and clarifying the rights available to individuals who request work leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilit

National Core Indicators Reports (NCI) Released for 2014-15, with Statistical Indicators Connecting Health Care and Employment to the Well-Being of Consumers with I/DD, in Addition to NCI’s Data Briefs and Webinars

May 31, 2016

National Core Indicators (NCI), a collaborative effort between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to evaluate the performance of developmental

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Announces Publication of Final Rule on Overtime in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

May 31, 2016

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s Final Rule on overtime exemptions under The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Unclear Language in Iowa’s Health Care Budget Bill Prevents $750,000 from Being Spent on Supported Employment

May 31, 2016

Iowa’s Department of Health and Human Services announced on May 9, 2016 that, due to an unclear statement of how money was to be spent in a 2015 health care budget bill, $750,000 initially allocated to increase supported employment has not been sp

CMS Approves Tennessee’s HCBS Transition Plan, Including Supported Employment Provisions

April 29, 2016

On April 13, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted final approval for Tennessee’s Statewide Transition Plan, designed to bring the state into compliance with CMS’ final rules on home and community-based services (HCBS).

CMS Finalizes Medicaid and CHIP Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity Rules, Providing Access to Behavioral Health and Vocational Rehabilitation Services

April 29, 2016

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released final regulations on mental health and substance abuse disorder parity for people in Medicaid Managed Care Organization, (MCOs), Medicaid Alternative Benefit Plans (ABPs), and Childr

Congress Considering Bills that Would Expand the Amount Working People with Disabilities Can Save in ABLE Accounts

April 29, 2016

Three bills were recently introduced in Congress that would expand the flexibility and the number of people who have access to the tax-advantaged savings accounts created by the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE).

Department of Health and Human Services Releases Report on the Benefits of Expanding Medicaid to Cover More Behavioral Health Programs, Including Its Impact on Employee Productiveness

April 29, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a report on how expanding Medicaid could provide more Americans with access to both health insurance

White House to Hold Conference Calls on Affordable Care Act Implementation in 8 States

July 10, 2013

Beginning this week, the White House will hold conference calls for briefings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in various states.

In The Know: The Impact of Employment on the Health Status and Health Care Costs of Working-age People with Disabilities

April 4, 2016

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know - The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

January 16, 2015

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community

January 28, 2014

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

December 12, 2013

National Council on Disability (NCD) commissioned a wide-ranging study in order to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program...

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Implications of HCBS Final Rule on Non-Residential Settings – The Impact of New HCBS Guidance on Employment & Day Services

February 27, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Innovative Strategies for Using Medicaid State Plan and Waiver Options to Promote Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities

February 20, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Medicaid Managed Care and Its Implications on Employment Services

May 28, 2014

As states continue to transition their Medicaid systems into managed care models, numerous opportunities and risks to Medicaid-financed employment services have emerged.

New CMS Regulation on HCBS Settings: Implications for Employment Services

June 25, 2014

In the aftermath of CMS' recent regulation defining acceptable and unacceptable settings for Home and Community Based Services, states and stakeholders are now considering how to transition their service-provision systems into compliance with the

Redefining Home & Community Based Services: CMS Guidance on Non-Residential Services and its Implications for Employment

March 25, 2015

This webinar will include presenters from CMS and national subject matter experts, who will discuss the HCBS rule and its applications in supporting individuals with disabilities to seek and attain competitive integrated employment.

CMS Releases Its Final Rule Addressing Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS), including Employment LTSS, Under Managed Care Plans

May 31, 2016

On April 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a comprehensive Final Rule on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care programs.

CMS Releases Planned Construction and Person-Centered Planning Requirements in HCBS Settings Requirements Compliance Toolkit

May 31, 2016

CMS has recently released a new section of its Settings Requirements Compliance toolkit, titled Frequently Asked Questions on Planned Construction and Person-Centered Planning Requirements. The resource addresses a number of questions that people...

EEOC Issues New Resource Related to Getting Employees Crucial Disability-Related Employment Leave, Including Medical Leave

May 31, 2016

On May 9, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new resource document discussing and clarifying the rights available to individuals who request work leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilit

National Core Indicators Reports (NCI) Released for 2014-15, with Statistical Indicators Connecting Health Care and Employment to the Well-Being of Consumers with I/DD, in Addition to NCI’s Data Briefs and Webinars

May 31, 2016

National Core Indicators (NCI), a collaborative effort between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to evaluate the performance of developmental

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Announces Publication of Final Rule on Overtime in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

May 31, 2016

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s Final Rule on overtime exemptions under The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Unclear Language in Iowa’s Health Care Budget Bill Prevents $750,000 from Being Spent on Supported Employment

May 31, 2016

Iowa’s Department of Health and Human Services announced on May 9, 2016 that, due to an unclear statement of how money was to be spent in a 2015 health care budget bill, $750,000 initially allocated to increase supported employment has not been sp

CMS Approves Tennessee’s HCBS Transition Plan, Including Supported Employment Provisions

April 29, 2016

On April 13, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted final approval for Tennessee’s Statewide Transition Plan, designed to bring the state into compliance with CMS’ final rules on home and community-based services (HCBS).

CMS Finalizes Medicaid and CHIP Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity Rules, Providing Access to Behavioral Health and Vocational Rehabilitation Services

April 29, 2016

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released final regulations on mental health and substance abuse disorder parity for people in Medicaid Managed Care Organization, (MCOs), Medicaid Alternative Benefit Plans (ABPs), and Childr

Congress Considering Bills that Would Expand the Amount Working People with Disabilities Can Save in ABLE Accounts

April 29, 2016

Three bills were recently introduced in Congress that would expand the flexibility and the number of people who have access to the tax-advantaged savings accounts created by the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE).

Department of Health and Human Services Releases Report on the Benefits of Expanding Medicaid to Cover More Behavioral Health Programs, Including Its Impact on Employee Productiveness

April 29, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a report on how expanding Medicaid could provide more Americans with access to both health insurance

White House to Hold Conference Calls on Affordable Care Act Implementation in 8 States

July 10, 2013

Beginning this week, the White House will hold conference calls for briefings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in various states.

In The Know: The Impact of Employment on the Health Status and Health Care Costs of Working-age People with Disabilities

April 4, 2016

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know - The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

January 16, 2015

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community

January 28, 2014

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

December 12, 2013

National Council on Disability (NCD) commissioned a wide-ranging study in order to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program...

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Policy Updates

Kansas State Officials “Sending Mixed Messages” on Disability-Related Medicaid Waiver Integration

April 29, 2016

As reported in the Salina Post (04/05/16), Kansas state officials are giving conflicting timelines for when a massive change (i.e., waiver integration) in the way Kansans with disabilities receive Medicaid-funded services will occur.

Maine Department of Health nd Human Services (DHHS) Proposes Changes to Reimbursement for Mental Health Providers

April 29, 2016

Maine’s mental health providers are concerned about potential changes to Maine’s reimbursement rate structure proposed by a consultant hired by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Releases Its Recommendations for Improving Financing for Long-Term Services and Supports, Including Supported Employment

March 30, 2016

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a nonprofit organization founded by Senators Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell to promote bipartisan collaboration, recently released a report,

EEOC Requests Public Comment on Its New Affirmative Action Employment Regulations

March 30, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), titled “

Iowa’s Medicaid Program Moves to Managed Care for Its Services

March 30, 2016

After more than a year of debate, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the state of Iowa’s plan to transition all of its Medicaid-funded services, including supported employment, to managed care, effective April 1, 2016.

National Quality Forum Hosts Second In-Person Meeting on Measuring Quality in Home and Community-Based Services, Including Supported Employment

March 30, 2016

On March 30-31, the National Quality Forum (NQF) will host its second in-person meeting of its Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Quality project in Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin: Update on Wisconsin’s Overhaul of Its Medicaid Program, IRIS, and Supported Employment Program

March 30, 2016

Following several months of public forums (See October 2015’s Employment, Health, and Disability Update for some of the LEAD Center’s earlier cover

Disability Advocates Create Comprehensive Toolkit Calling for Strong Implementation of the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule

February 29, 2016

The HCBS Advocacy Coalition has released a three-part toolkit that explains the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule and its potential to pro

Minnesota Waiting List for Services Ends for Many

February 29, 2016

Minnesotans with significant disabilities had much to celebrate as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) removed long-standing barriers preventing them from accessing critical services, including support for competitive integrated employm

NPR Explores Disparities in Workers’ Compensation Options

February 29, 2016

A recent episode of NPR’s Morning Edition highlighted disparities in access to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries.

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Policy Updates

Kansas State Officials “Sending Mixed Messages” on Disability-Related Medicaid Waiver Integration

April 29, 2016

As reported in the Salina Post (04/05/16), Kansas state officials are giving conflicting timelines for when a massive change (i.e., waiver integration) in the way Kansans with disabilities receive Medicaid-funded services will occur.

Maine Department of Health nd Human Services (DHHS) Proposes Changes to Reimbursement for Mental Health Providers

April 29, 2016

Maine’s mental health providers are concerned about potential changes to Maine’s reimbursement rate structure proposed by a consultant hired by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Releases Its Recommendations for Improving Financing for Long-Term Services and Supports, Including Supported Employment

March 30, 2016

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a nonprofit organization founded by Senators Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell to promote bipartisan collaboration, recently released a report,

EEOC Requests Public Comment on Its New Affirmative Action Employment Regulations

March 30, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), titled “

Iowa’s Medicaid Program Moves to Managed Care for Its Services

March 30, 2016

After more than a year of debate, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the state of Iowa’s plan to transition all of its Medicaid-funded services, including supported employment, to managed care, effective April 1, 2016.

National Quality Forum Hosts Second In-Person Meeting on Measuring Quality in Home and Community-Based Services, Including Supported Employment

March 30, 2016

On March 30-31, the National Quality Forum (NQF) will host its second in-person meeting of its Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Quality project in Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin: Update on Wisconsin’s Overhaul of Its Medicaid Program, IRIS, and Supported Employment Program

March 30, 2016

Following several months of public forums (See October 2015’s Employment, Health, and Disability Update for some of the LEAD Center’s earlier cover

Disability Advocates Create Comprehensive Toolkit Calling for Strong Implementation of the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule

February 29, 2016

The HCBS Advocacy Coalition has released a three-part toolkit that explains the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule and its potential to pro

Minnesota Waiting List for Services Ends for Many

February 29, 2016

Minnesotans with significant disabilities had much to celebrate as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) removed long-standing barriers preventing them from accessing critical services, including support for competitive integrated employm

NPR Explores Disparities in Workers’ Compensation Options

February 29, 2016

A recent episode of NPR’s Morning Edition highlighted disparities in access to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries.

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Policy Updates

Kansas State Officials “Sending Mixed Messages” on Disability-Related Medicaid Waiver Integration

April 29, 2016

As reported in the Salina Post (04/05/16), Kansas state officials are giving conflicting timelines for when a massive change (i.e., waiver integration) in the way Kansans with disabilities receive Medicaid-funded services will occur.

Maine Department of Health nd Human Services (DHHS) Proposes Changes to Reimbursement for Mental Health Providers

April 29, 2016

Maine’s mental health providers are concerned about potential changes to Maine’s reimbursement rate structure proposed by a consultant hired by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Releases Its Recommendations for Improving Financing for Long-Term Services and Supports, Including Supported Employment

March 30, 2016

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a nonprofit organization founded by Senators Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell to promote bipartisan collaboration, recently released a report,

EEOC Requests Public Comment on Its New Affirmative Action Employment Regulations

March 30, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), titled “

Iowa’s Medicaid Program Moves to Managed Care for Its Services

March 30, 2016

After more than a year of debate, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the state of Iowa’s plan to transition all of its Medicaid-funded services, including supported employment, to managed care, effective April 1, 2016.

National Quality Forum Hosts Second In-Person Meeting on Measuring Quality in Home and Community-Based Services, Including Supported Employment

March 30, 2016

On March 30-31, the National Quality Forum (NQF) will host its second in-person meeting of its Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Quality project in Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin: Update on Wisconsin’s Overhaul of Its Medicaid Program, IRIS, and Supported Employment Program

March 30, 2016

Following several months of public forums (See October 2015’s Employment, Health, and Disability Update for some of the LEAD Center’s earlier cover

Disability Advocates Create Comprehensive Toolkit Calling for Strong Implementation of the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule

February 29, 2016

The HCBS Advocacy Coalition has released a three-part toolkit that explains the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule and its potential to pro

Minnesota Waiting List for Services Ends for Many

February 29, 2016

Minnesotans with significant disabilities had much to celebrate as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) removed long-standing barriers preventing them from accessing critical services, including support for competitive integrated employm

NPR Explores Disparities in Workers’ Compensation Options

February 29, 2016

A recent episode of NPR’s Morning Edition highlighted disparities in access to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries.