MaineCare Notice of Second Public Comment Period for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings
Sep 01, 2022
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Below, please find a MaineCare Notice of Second Public Comment Period for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings. You can access the full public notice and the related documents at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/index.shtml.
Notice of Second Public Comment Period for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings
AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid HCBS services. For the aspects of the rule that apply to HCBS settings, states have until March 2023 to align the state’s policies, programs, and provider settings with the federal settings criteria. States must submit a Statewide Transition Plan (STP) that describes the state’s overall strategies, processes, and resources it will deploy to complete all implementation efforts by the end of the transition period. The STP is required as part of ensuring Maine comes into full compliance with the federal regulations.
Maine’s Final STP describes the strategies, processes, and resources the state has deployed to complete all efforts necessary to come into full compliance with the federal regulations by the end of the transition period afforded to the state. The Final STP serves as the state’s roadmap for implementing the federal HCBS rule and outlines a detailed work plan and timeline for ensuring that all settings in which HCBS services are provided comply with the federal standards by March 17, 2023. The state held a public comment period on the Final STP from April 20, 2022, to May 20, 2022, and hosted a public hearing May 10, 2022.
In accordance with the federal regulations, Maine is required to hold a second public comment period regarding settings that were deemed to have isolating qualities and to require Heightened Scrutiny Review, but which were not included in the initial public comment period. The list of these settings is available here: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/transition-plan.shtml The Department welcomes your comments related to these settings and their ability to overcome their isolating qualities by March 17, 2023.
WAIVERS: The following waivers are subject to the new federal and state requirements within CMS 2249-F/CMS 2296-F:
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 42 CFR 441.301(c)(6)
The Department welcomes public comments on the remaining settings identified as having isolating qualities which require Heightened Scrutiny Review. Comments may be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2022: