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For Immediate Release
December 23, 2016

CONTACT
Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402-471-8287 or (cell) 402-450-7318, or russ.reno@nebraska.gov

DHHS Seeking Public Comment
on Developmental Disability Waivers

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is asking for feedback on its draft Medicaid Home and Community Based Waivers for people with developmental disabilities. 

The public comment period runs from Dec. 23 to Jan. 24. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 24.

Currently the Division has three approved waivers (adult day, adult comprehensive, and children’s) providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Courtney Miller, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities at DHHS, said the current adult day and adult comprehensive waiver expired and have been granted extensions.  The Division is seeking to renew the adult day waiver, and amending the children's waiver to combine the adult comprehensive with the children's to provide a waiver which covers both children and adults.  This change was made based on consumer input, said Miller, and streamlines the process of service delivery throughout an individual’s life.

“We’ve been across the state meeting with people we serve, their families, advocates and providers, and the waivers were written with their comments in mind,” said Miller. “The waivers provide increased choice and flexibility to purchase the services and supports individuals need and want.”

This official public comment period provides yet another important opportunity for input to Nebraska’s Waiver services for people with developmental disabilities, said Miller. The next step after the 30-day comment period is submitting them to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. 

To view the waivers, go to: http://dhhs.ne.gov/developmental_disabilities/Pages/developmental_disabilities_index.aspx. Or, request a copy by calling 877-867-6266.

Comments may be submitted to:  DHHS.DDWaiverQuestions@Nebraska.gov. Or, fax comments to: 402-471-8792; or mail to: Department of Health and Human Services – DDD, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 98947, Lincoln, NE 68509-8947. 

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