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November 8, 2010                        

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402-471-4047) or

Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Three Hearings November 18

Medicaid, Child Support, Respiratory Care

Lincoln –The Department of Health and Human Services is holding three hearings November 18 in the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level, Conference Room A, in Lincoln.

Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. CT

The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to Medicaid regulations which will:

  • Provide for physician assistants to be enrolled as Medicaid providers under a group provider agreement for physical health services and to be issued a unique provider ID number; and
  • Repeal provisions for payment of physicians’ mileage for home, nursing facility, and ICF/MR visits.

Public Hearing at 10:00 a.m. CT

The Division of Children and Family Services is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations for child support enforcement. The proposed changes will:

  • Add language that clarifies criteria for when a case can be closed; and
  • Clarifies requirements to report to the Nebraska State Directory of New Hires, to include independent contractors, and provide information on how to submit information to the Directory of New Hires;
  • Add a requirement for financial institutions to include an obligor’s balance in each bank account;
  • Specify the frequency of a review of a child support obligation;
  • Specify criteria for when a referral must be made to the county/authorized attorney for
    filing an application for modification of a child and/or medical support order and list exceptions;
  • Clarify that an employer must send all amounts withheld for payment of a support obligation within seven business days of the date the amount is withheld; and
  • Specify when the Department or county/authorized attorney must enroll a child in health insurance coverage.

For the National Medical Support Notice (NMSN):

  • Provide clarification of the requirement to use the notice to enforce the provision of health care coverage for children;
  • Require a notice be sent within a specific timeframe;
  • Provide an exception in a IV-D case, if employment information is obtained by the Department or the county/authorized attorney from sources other than the Directory of New Hires;
  • Specify that a notice must be sent when information is received that employment-related health care coverage becomes available unless a lawful exemption exists; and
  • Provide notification that the failure to transmit a NMSN to an employer or organization within any prescribed period will not cause the notice to be invalid.

Public Hearing at 1:30 p.m. CT

The Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations for the practice of respiratory care. The proposed changes will:

  • Delineate processes for initially obtaining, renewing, reinstating, or voluntarily surrendering a credential to practice;
  • Specify acts or behaviors considered unprofessional conduct;
  • Specify continued competency requirements.
  • Add additional nationally recognized specialty certification examinations to the continuing education list;
  • Limit/specify the number of hours a presenter may be given for continuing education credit;
  • List the types of documentation required to prove attendance in continuing education courses; and
  • Require verification of lawful presence in the United States.

All interested persons are invited to attend and comment at the hearings or to submit comments in writing. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT November 20 and should be sent to DHHS Regulatory Analysis and Integration, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026, fax 402-742-2382, or e-mailed to .

Draft copies of the regulations are available at DHHS, 402-471-9022, and at the office of the Secretary of State, Regulations Division, Room 1305, State Capitol, Lincoln, NE 68509, 402-471-2385. The draft fiscal impact statement for these regulations is available at DHHS. Draft regulations are available online at

If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in a hearing, please call 402-471-9022. For persons with hearing impairments, please call DHHS at 402-471-9570 (voice and TDD) or the Nebraska Relay System at 711 or 800-833-7352 TDD at least 2 weeks before the hearing date.