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For Immediate Release
March 29, 2017

Julie Naughton, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402-471-1695; (cell) 402-405-7202,

DHHS Extends Public Comment Period for Long-Term Care Redesign

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LINCOLN—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline for its public comment period for its recently released draft redesign plan for long-term care in Nebraska from April 14 to May 1. 


Beginning the week of March 20th, the Department’s Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care began holding listening sessions in eight communities across the state to receive feedback on this draft plan from Medicaid members, providers, advocates, and other stakeholders. Two sessions remain, as does an evening webinar.

This plan, released earlier this month, is based upon national research and feedback received from a listening tour last fall. The draft redesign plan follows and builds upon the key principles outlined in a concept paper released by the Department last year. The redesign goals follow the mission of DHHS to help people live better lives and ensure that Nebraskans will have access to high-quality services and supports, in whatever place they call home.
The draft includes recommendations to improve home and community-based care services (HCBS) for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Nebraska by enhancing opportunities for community-based living; strengthening access to and navigation of the system; ensuring fairness in the assessment process; reducing duplication; supporting consumer-direction; phasing in Medicaid managed long-term care; improving quality and accountability; and advancing the use of technology and other innovations.  For more information, please visit

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