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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                
November 30, 2011   
               
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Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or
marla.augustine@nebraska.gov

Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearings December 8 on Proposed Changes to Regulations

Lincoln –The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is holding hearings on proposed changes to regulations on Thursday, December 8, in the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level, in Lincoln.
 
Public Hearing at 9:30 a.m. CT
Lower Level Conference Room D
 
The Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations related to the reporting of consents to perform abortions. LB690 of 2011 requires a physician to obtain written, notarized consent by a parent or legal guardian before performing an abortion on a woman under age 18, and requires physicians to report these consents to DHHS on a monthly basis. These regulations establish a form for the reporting of consents to DHHS and require DHHS to publicly report the number of consents filed.
 
Public Hearing at 10:00 a.m. CT
Lower Level Conference Room D
 
The Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations relating to the determination and reporting of post-fertilization age for all abortions performed in Nebraska. The regulations result from LB1103 of 2010. This is a second hearing. The regulations provide for a single form for the reporting of all abortions and make all items on the abortion reporting form mandatory. Optional items that will become mandatory include demographics on the patient: marital status, race, ancestry and education.
 
Public Hearing at 1:30 p.m. CT
Lower Level Conference Room F
 
The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations related to Medicaid payment for children’s hospice services. The changes will require Medicaid payment for hospice services for eligible children in addition to other Medicaid services. Previously, state Medicaid programs were prohibited from paying for hospice care and curative care for children concurrently.
 
Public Hearing at 2:30 p.m. CT
Lower Level Conference Room F
 
The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations related to Medicaid payment to nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities for persons with mental retardation. The changes will describe the Medicaid payment methodology and add a reference for public records copying costs, among other things.

Anyone may attend and comment at the hearings or submit comments in writing. Written comments will be given the same consideration as oral comments. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT on December 10 and should be sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026, fax 402-742-2382, or e-mailed to DHHS.RulesandRegs@nebraska.gov  

Draft regulations are available online at http://www.sos.ne.gov/rules-and-regs/regtrack/index.cgi. Draft copies of the regulations are also available at DHHS, 402-471-9022, and at the office of the Secretary of State, 402-471-2385.
 
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