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March 12, 2008

Mike Wight, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-3486,


DHHS to Hold Hearing March 20 in Lincoln

Regarding licensure of home health agencies

Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health will hold a public hearing March 20, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. CT. The hearing will take place in Lincoln at the State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level Conference Room ‘A.’

The Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations for licensure of home health agencies.

The proposed changes will clarify:

  • that licensure requirements for home health agencies do not apply to in-home personal services agencies. (LB 236, passed in 2007, established provisions for in-home personal services, including definitions, worker qualifications, and agency duties);
  • requirements for requesting approval from the Department when a change or addition of services is planned; and
  • requirements for geographical areas served by a home health agency and for branch offices of a home health agency.

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, March 22, 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.

Draft regulations and DHHS hearing notices are available online at: