Last week, the Department of Health Services had a stakeholder call in which they shared details of their 5-year transition plan to come into compliance with the new CMS rule on what constitutes home and community settings. DHS also shared details on changes it plans to submit in its Family Care waiver reapplications this fall.
Earlier this year, CMS published new regulations that changed the definition of home and community based service (HCBS) settings in its waivers. The regulations ensure that Medicaid long-term care programs provide full access to the benefits of community living and offer services in the most integrated settings. Every state must submit a 5-year plan that demonstrates how it will come into compliance by July 17, 2019, with the new HCBS definition
The Department is taking public input on both its waiver submissions and on its 5-year plan by September 2. Details on the DHS transition plan and the proposed Family Care waiver renewal, as well as information on how to submit your comments is available at:
There are 3 plans on the DHS website to comment on; 1 for the Family Care MA Home and Community Based Services Transition Plan, 2 for Family care Renewal applications. We are suggesting that people make their comments on the Transition Plan.
If you want to participate in the grassroots Take A Stand On The Plan effort to gather stories on what needs to change in Wisconsin’s long-term care system, please go to www.takeastandontheplan.org<http://www.takeastandontheplan.org> and click the “Submit Your Comments Here” button, which takes you to a tool in which you can answer questions to share your experiences and ideas.