Media Contacts: Alex Reuss, (402) 471-1970Justin Pinkerman, (402) 471-1967
Governor's Media Release:
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) plans to temporarily increase provider rates for several important programs. The increases will help providers in Nebraska stabilize operations as they face workforce shortages and continuing increased costs due to COVID-19. All planned increases, other than those for child welfare services, will need approval from the federal office of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
“Our state's health service providers have done heroic work over the past two years to care for Nebraskans," said Gov. Ricketts. “As they manage the pressures of the pandemic and persistent workforce shortages, the proposed rate increases will offer much-needed assistance. Thanks to DHHS CEO Dannette Smith and her team for taking action to support Nebraska's providers."
The plan includes over $61 million to increase provider rates 15% in the three Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) programs to help individuals with disabilities, a $20 daily increase for assisted living and nursing homes, and a child welfare provider rate increase to $25 per hour for travel and $55 per hour for family support.
The rate increases, if approved, will be administered to providers retroactively from January 1, 2022, through June 30, 2022. The waivers programs and services that will be impacted by the proposed rate increase include:
“Our providers are vital partners who serve on the front lines to ensure Nebraskans with distinct needs are living the good life in their community as independently as possible," said DHHS CEO Dannette R Smith. “This planned rate increase will ensure our partners can continue providing top-notch service."