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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 9, 2008

CONTACTS
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047, marla.augustine@dhhs.ne.gov

 

DHHS to Hold Several Hearings June 12 in Lincoln

Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will hold several public hearings June 12, 2008. The hearings will take place in Lincoln at the State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level Conference Rooms ‘B’ and ‘C.’

 

Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. CT in Room B

The Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed new regulations for health professional and occupational licensure fees.

The proposed regulations will create a new single chapter of regulations establishing fees for the licensure, certification, or registration of most health professions, occupations, and businesses. The fees established in this chapter will supersede fees currently located in individual chapters of professional licensure regulations. The proposed fees were developed by the Department with input from the respective professional boards, as prescribed by the Uniform Licensing Law.

Public Hearing at 10:00 a.m. CT in Room C

The Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations on the approval of training programs and qualifications for nursing assistants (nurse aides) in nursing homes. The proposed changes will:

  • Incorporate provisions of legislative bill 185 passed in 2007, which allow an individual to petition the Department to remove a finding of conviction from the Nurse Aide Registry any time after a year has passed since the finding was placed on the Registry, and which prohibit certain persons from acting as nursing assistants (nurse aides).

Public Hearing at 1:30 p.m. CT in Room C

The Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments to readopt a previous version of Attachment 1, Minimum Detectable Residuals, in order to be consistent with Title 179 NAC 13, Surface Water Treatment.

Public Hearing at 3:00 p.m. CT in Room C

The Division of Children and Family Services is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations for the Refugee Resettlement Program. The proposed changes will:

  • Add provisions for emergency assistance;
  • Change the effective date of eligibility from the first day of the month in which the refugee applies for assistance to the date the refugee arrived in this country, as required by federal regulations;
  • Provide for the collection of all overpayments, regardless of cause.

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, June 14, 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 Rules.Regs@dhhs.ne.gov.

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.

Draft regulations and DHHS hearing notices are available online at: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/reg_hearings.aspx.

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