Office of MaineCare Services Notice of Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings
Notice of Statewide Transition Plan (STP) 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. The Statewide Transition Plan is required as part of ensuring Maine comes into full compliance with the federal regulations.
This initial STP describes the state’s overall strategies, processes, and resources it will deploy 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 STP is intended to serve 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 new standards by March 2022.
WAIVERS: The following waivers are subject to the new federal and state requirements within CMS 2249-F/CMS 2296-F:
The revised Maine HCBS Statewide Transition Plan will be submitted to CMS in April 2020 and will be effective upon CMS approval.
For the aspects of the rule that apply to HCBS settings, states have until March 2022 to ensure alignment of 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 also intended to serve as the state’s roadmap for implementing the federal HCBS rule with fidelity and outlines a detailed work plan and timeline for ensuring that all settings in which HCBS services are provided comply with the new standards by March 2022. The State of Maine is deeply committed to implementing the federal HCBS requirements with fidelity, and is using the rule as a catalyst for implementing other improvements to policy, payment, and practice associated with Medicaid-funded HCBS in an effort to improve access to and quality of HCBS services and options throughout the state. As such, the state has been working with stakeholders on several additional systems change efforts that complement the vision of the federal HCBS rule.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 42 CFR 441.301(c)(6)
Date: March 12, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: DHHS, 109 Capitol Street, Room A/B, Augusta, ME 04333
The Department requests that any interested party requiring special arrangements to attend the hearing contact the agency person listed below before March 6, 2020.
The Department welcomes public comments on the Maine HCBS Statewide Transition Plan.
Comments may be submitted:
In writing to the agency contact person listed below; or
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Thomas Leet
AGENCY NAME: Office of MaineCare Services
ADDRESS: 109 Capitol Street, 11 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
PHONE: (207) 624-4068 FAX: (207) 287- 1864
TTY: Maine relay 711 (deaf or Hard of Hearing)
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