On January 16, 2014, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in the Federal Register with an effective date of March 17, 2014. According to this final rule, states must submit a transition plan to CMS detailing how the state will operate all 1915(c) HCBS waivers in accordance with the final rule. The Department has made Pennsylvania’s proposed statewide transition plan for all ten 1915(c) Medicaid HCBS waivers available at http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/dhsorganization/officeoflongtermliving/hcbswaiver/index.htm.
The proposed statewide transition plan includes the steps the Department anticipates taking to achieve compliance in the following areas: Unallowable Settings, Settings that are Presumed not Eligible, Qualifications for all Home and Community-Based Settings, and Requirements for Provider-Owned or Controlled Home and Community-Based Residential Settings.
More information regarding Pennsylvania’s proposed statewide transition plan, including how to provide comments, can be found in thePennsylvania Bulletin, Volume 45, Number 8 published on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol45/45-8/329.html.
Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding this notice and the proposed transition plan. Comments may be submitted to the Department at the Department’s “Final Rule Mailbox” at email@example.com. Commenters are instructed to use subject header ‘‘TP Final Rule” when submitting electronic comments. Comments may also be mailed to the Department at: David Alexander, Department of Human Services, Office of the Secretary, P.O. Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675. Comments must be submitted by March 22, 2015. Comments received within 30 days from the public notice will be reviewed and considered for revisions to the
amendments and the transition plan.
If you have questions contact 717-214-2283. Persons with a disability who require an auxiliary aid or service may submit comments using the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).