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For Immediate Release
March 7, 2017

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

DHHS Sets Meetings for Input on Draft Long-Term Care Redesign Plan

Lincoln—Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has just released the draft of its Long-Term Care Redesign Plan, a proposal to improve and make more sustainable the Long-Term Care system for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Nebraska, and is seeking public input on it.
 
“The goals of this redesign are to improve the quality of services and health outcomes,” said Courtney Phillips, chief executive officer of DHHS. “It will also strengthen access and integration of care in a sustainable matter.”
 
“Nebraska citizens’ extensive input into the LTC Redesign project provided us with valuable information and we remain committed to listening to stakeholders and look forward to their feedback on the draft LTC Redesign Plan,” added Calder Lynch, director of the division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care.
 
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.
 
“The draft LTC Redesign Plan builds on the mission of DHHS to help people live better lives and ensures that Nebraskans will have access to high-quality services and supports, in whatever place they call home,” said Courtney Miller, director of the division of Developmental Disabilities.
 
DHHS will seek feedback on the draft LTC Redesign Plan from stakeholders, which will be considered in the development of the final LTC Redesign Plan. The feedback period runs from March 7 through April 14. Public meetings have been scheduled statewide from March 20 through March 30.
 
Dates are as follows:

  • March 20, 2017: Gere Library, 2400 S. 56th St., Lincoln from 6 to 8 pm
  • March 21, 2017: Norfolk Public Library, 308 West Prospect Ave., Norfolk from 6 to 7:30 pm
  • March 22, 2017: Gifford Tower Community Room, 2510 N. Clarkson St., Fremont from 6 to 8 pm
  • March 23, 2017: QLI, 6404 N 70th Plaza, auditorium, Omaha from 12 to 2 pm
  • March 23, 2017: Immanuel Courtyard Independent and Assisted Living, 6757 Newport Ave., Omaha from 6 to 8 pm
  • March 27, 2017: St. Francis Medical Center, lobby floor meeting room, Grand Island from 6 to 8 pm
  • March 28, 2017: Kearney Public Library, North Platte Room, 2020 1st Ave., Kearney from 6  to 8 pm
  • March 29, 2017: McKinley Education Center, multipurpose room, North Platte from 6 to 8 pm
  • March 30, 2017: Gering Public Library, 1055 P Street, Gering from 6 to 8 pm.

In addition to the public forums, two public webinars are also scheduled for those who are unable to attend in-person to one of the public sessions.

  • Tuesday, March 28: 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 29: 6:00 pm

For copies of the draft LTC Redesign Plan, more information on the public forums, webinar registration and other ways to submit feedback, please visit the LTC Redesign webpage at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/LTC


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