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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  
December 18, 2012
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or
Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearing January 3 on Proposed Changes to Medicaid Regulations
Lincoln –The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care is holding a hearing on proposed regulation changes to establish general requirements for Medicaid coverage of children’s mental health and substance abuse services.  The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. CT on Thursday, January 3, in the Nebraska State Office Building in Lincoln, 301 Centennial Mall South, lower level conference room A. 
The proposed regulations establish general requirements for mental health and substance abuse services covered by Medicaid/CHIP for children under 19.  These requirements include eligibility provisions; requirements for family involvement, cultural competence, and diagnostic interviews; practitioner requirements and responsibilities; provider enrollment standards; treatment planning and coordination of care; and other requirements related to quality assurance, utilization review, and other standards.  The regulations also include proposed criteria to be utilized by DHHS to determine medical necessity for the services referenced above as required by LB 1063 (2012).
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 the day of the hearing 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
Draft regulations are available online at  Draft copies of the regulations are also available the office of the Secretary of State, 402-471-2385.