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For Immediate Release
August 28, 2017

Julie Naughton, Public Information Officer, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402-471-1695 or (cell) 402-405-7202,


Nebraska Selected For Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program

 Nebraska one of only eight states chosen to participate in program

LINCOLN— The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced it is one of eight states chosen for a Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP)to focus on community living opportunities for Medicaid beneficiaries statewide.
DHHS has been awarded technical support from the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to foster additional community living opportunities for Medicaid beneficiaries, including the more than 200,000 members in Nebraska enrolled with the state’s Heritage Health plan.
“This is a great opportunity for Nebraska,” said Thomas “Rocky” Thompson, interim director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care. “Together with many other state partners and with the assistance of this program, we can improve community living opportunities.”
The IAP is a collaboration between the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation designed to support ongoing innovation in Medicaid programs.
IAP provides targeted technical support to states’ ongoing delivery system reform efforts across several priority program areas: substance use disorders; Medicaid beneficiaries with complex care needs and high costs; community integration through long-term services and supports, and physical/mental health integration. IAP also provides support to states in four functional areas, which IAP sees as the building blocks to delivery system reform: data analytics, quality measurement, value-based payment and financial simulations, and performance improvement.
The IAP will work with a team of leaders from DHHS, housing finance agencies, local housing authorities, the League of Human Dignity, Area Agencies on Aging, and Nebraska’s three Heritage Health providers - United Healthcare, Nebraska Total Care and Nebraska WellCare - to develop strategies to address the need for affordable housing options. The target population will be adults with disabilities and the elderly who are receiving Medicaid-funded Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) and need assistance in locating housing.
The IAP collaboration will span over nine months to aid Nebraska Medicaid and partners to create an individualized detailed action plan for Nebraska.
The other states selected for the program were Alaska, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, Utah and Virginia.