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January 10, 2008

Nancy Staley, Regulatory Analysis and Integration, (402) 471-9171,
Mike Wight, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-3486,


DHHS to Hold Two Regulation Hearings January 17 in Lincoln

Medicaid authorization of acute inpatient rehabilitation services; Medication Aides

Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will hold two public hearings January 17, 2008. The hearings will take place in Lincoln at the State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level Conference Room ‘A’.

Public Hearing at 9:30 a.m. CT

The DHHS Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations for the Nebraska Medical Assistance Program, also known as Medicaid. The proposed changes will clarify that prior authorization of acute inpatient rehabilitation services is required for payment.

Public Hearing at 10:30 a.m. CT

The DHHS Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to Medication Aide regulations. The proposed regulations will: change the renewal period from three to two years; provide for certain individuals whose medication aide registration will be nullified or who may not register; provide for reapplication of certain individuals; clarify certain requirements; and increase Department fees for the registration, renewal, and examination of medication aides.

Draft regulations and DHHS hearing notices are available online at:

Anyone may attend and comment at the hearings or submit comments in writing. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT, January 19, 2008. They should be sent to DHHS Regulatory Analysis and Integration, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509, faxed to 402-742-2382, or e-mailed to

If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in a hearing, please call 402-471-9022. Persons with hearing impairments may call the DHHS at 402-471-9570 (voice and TDD) or the Nebraska Relay System at 711 or 800-833-7352 TDD.