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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2009

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Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313

Opinion on BSDC Received from Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Lincoln - Kerry Winterer, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services, said the Department was notified today that the State’s appeal of the decertification of the Beatrice State Developmental Center was denied. The opinion authorizes the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to terminate Medicaid funding.

“We are in the process of reviewing the opinion and deciding our course of action,” said Winterer. “While this is unfortunate, it is not unexpected.”

Jodi Fenner, Developmental Disabilities director for HHS, said BSDC has been focusing efforts on recertification requirements.

“While we’re still in the process of making improvements, we’ve made significant progress,” said Fenner. “We are confident that we will be successful in being re-certified as soon as possible.”

In anticipation of this decision, the Legislature appropriated state funds to allow for continued operation of BSDC pending recertification.

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