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For Immediate Release
December 6, 2016

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Julie Naughton, Public Information Officer, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402-471-1695 or (cell) 402-405-7202, julie.naughton@nebraska.gov 

DHHS Home and Community-Based Service Waiver Renewals Approved by CMS

Lincoln—Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has received approval for the renewal of its Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Aged and Adults and Children with Disabilities, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“This waiver renewal will allow us to continue providing an array of home and community-based services to support people in their homes,” said Calder Lynch, director of the division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care.  “This waiver matches resources and needs to provide for independent living opportunities for people with disabilities, helping them live better lives.”
 
Lynch said the Aged and Disabled waiver is available to Individuals of all ages who:

  • Are financially eligible for Medicaid and have needs at nursing facility level of care (i.e., need assistance with everyday tasks such as getting dressed, taking a bath or shower, eating or walking safely),
  • Want to live at home rather than a nursing facility, and
  • Can be served safely at home or an assisted living facility

Lynch said some of the funded services include:

  • Services coordination (A service provided by specially trained staff who help match your needs with services and providers, based on a member’s preferences)
  • In-home help (Examples include: home-delivered meals, assistance with a bath, cleaning, laundry, and modifying a home to make it easier to get around)
  • Respite (Relief time for paid and non-paid caregivers)
  • Training to increase independence in activities of daily living at home
  • Childcare for children with disabilities so the parent/caregiver can maintain employment or attend school
  • Community supports like adult day health services and transportation for essential activities such as grocery shopping 
  • Assisted living services

For more information on this and other Medicaid waivers, please visit http://dhhs.ne.gov/medicaid/MedicaidWaiverInitiative/Pages/Home.aspx.

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