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OAA Funding Advances in Congress

On July 17, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

Funding for essential programs that help people age in place were recently approved by the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 

DHS Conducting Survey of HCBS Transportation Provider Costs

On July 17, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

As we have covered previously, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is conducting numerous studies this summer that are related to reports it is required to submit to the 2019 Legislature. In addition to a study Elderly Waiver rates and of Adult Day Services, DHS is also reviewing rates and availability of transportation services for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver clients.  

DHS Conducting HCBS Transportation Access Study

On June 19, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has contracted with Navigant Consulting, the company that is also conducting studies on Elderly Waiver rates and the role of Adult Day services, to conduct a study of transportation access for home and community-based service enrollees, including both the elderly and disabled populations.  

DHS Updates and Extends Return to Community Initiative

On June 19, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has updated and extended the Return to Community initiative.

Rate Increases for Home Delivered Meals, EW/AC and CDCS Budget Cap Effective July 1

On June 5, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

The 2017 Minnesota Legislature authorized a 2.61 percent rate increase for home delivered meals for the Alternative Care (AC), Elderly Waiver (EW), and Essential Community Supports (ECS) programs for services delivered on or after July 1, 2018.  

Apply Now: Live Well at Home Grants

On May 16, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has published the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next round of Live Well at Home Grants. These grants help communities meet the challenges of our fast-growing aging population and pressures on Minnesota's long-term care support system. 

EMPOWER Care Act Would Extend Funding for Money Follows the Person

On March 13, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

A new bill in Congress, the EMPOWER Care Act, would extend funding for the Money Follows the Person demonstration project and help improve access to in-home services, adult day services and other services that help older adults remain independent in their communities. 

HCBS: 2018 National Core Indicators Survey Begins

On January 23, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

Older adults and people with disabilities who receive home and community-based services, including adult day services, may be called and invited to participate in an in-person interview for the National Core Indicators – Aging & Disabilities initiative. The calls will begin this week and continue through May. 

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