DHHS Seeking Public Comment on Statewide Transition Plan

News Release
For Immediate Release: 2/1/2021

Jeff Powell, (402) 471-6223, Jeff.Powell@nebraska.gov

Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is asking for feedback on its draft Statewide Transition Plan. 

The public comment period runs from February 1, 2021 to March 2, 2021. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5 p.m. on March 2, 2021.

The Department of Health and Human Services has four approved Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers that provide services to individuals in the community. The four waivers are the Aged and Disabled Waiver, Comprehensive Developmental Disabilities Waiver, Developmental Disabilities Adult Day Waiver, and the Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver. The Statewide Transition Plan is required by all states with Medicaid HCBS Waivers, in order to come into compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) HCBS Final Regulation. More information about the CMS HCBS Final Regulation can be found at: https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/hcbs/guidance/hcbs-final-regulation/index.html.

This official public comment period will provide an important opportunity for input regarding the way Nebraska is changing its Waiver services to come into compliance with the final settings rule. The next step after the 30-day comment period is submitting the Statewide Transition Plan to the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. 

There will be presentations via Zoom of the proposed changes on February 18, 2021 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm and on February 23, 2021 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Join the Zoom meeting via https://go.unl.edu/publiccomment or by phone (312) 626-6799 Meeting ID: 676 296 919.

Comments may be submitted to the designated e-mail address: DHHS.HCBSPublicComments@nebraska.gov with the subject heading Statewide Transition Plan. Comments may also be sent to The Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: Donna Brakenhoff 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026 or by fax to 402-471-9449.

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