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September 7, 2010                                                                  

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

Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Two Hearings September 16

Newborn Screening, Medicaid

Lincoln –The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is holding two hearings September 16, 2010 in the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level, Conference Room ‘A’, Lincoln, NE.

Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. CT

The DHHS Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations on Newborn Screening for Metabolic Diseases.  The proposed changes will:

  • Set standards for newborn screening of premature, low birth weight, and sick infants;
  • Clarify when repeat dried blood spots and confirmatory tests are needed;
  • Require birthing hospitals and facilities to maintain a monitoring mechanism to track newborn screening test results; and   
  • Set standards for laboratories performing confirmatory newborn screening tests.

Public Hearing at 10:00 a.m. CT

The DHHS Divisions of Children and Family Services and Medicaid & Long-Term Care are holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations for several programs. The proposed changes include:

  • Coverage and paternity regarding the unborn;
  • Eligibility and coverage for newborns;
  • Revision of presumptive eligibility process including requirement to provide attestation of legal presence;
  • Reasonable opportunity to provide documentation of citizenship; and
  • Correction of the list of individuals ineligible for a cash grant but who may be eligible for Medicaid.

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, September 18, 2010.  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 DHHS.

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: