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Apply to Join the Waiver Reimagine Advisory Committee

On September 23, 2021 by Roni Falck

Through Oct. 31, 2021, DHS is accepting applications from people to join the new Waiver Reimagine Advisory Committee (WRAC). The committee will provide input about the implementation of Waiver Reimagine and help develop the program during virtual meetings held every other month. 

Aug. 30 Marks Expiration of Many MDH COVID Waivers

On September 1, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

When Minnesota's Peacetime Emergency ended on July 1, it started a sixty-day countdown to the expiration of most Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 waivers or modifications of state laws or regulations

Tracking the Status of Key COVID Waivers

On July 28, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

With Minnesota's COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency ending July 1, a question on members' minds is what waivers are still in place and for how long.

Public Health Emergency Renewed by HHS

On July 21, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services extended the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) for another 90 days through Oct. 18. With this extension, the 1135 federal blanket waivers issued by CMS will continue unless it decides to terminate one or more of the waivers before that date.

MDH Confirms Continuation of Nursing Assistant Training and Competency Waiver

On July 14, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

With the end of Minnesota’s Peacetime Emergency, our team has been closely tracking how the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will manage the transition from various COVID-19 related waivers. Last Friday, we received the welcome news that a Minnesota statute addressing nursing assistant training and competency will continue to be waived, so long as CMS continues to waive the related federal requirement.

Private Room Waiver Ending

On July 7, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

With the conclusion of the state peacetime emergency agreed to by lawmakers last week, one of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) policies that ends with it is a waiver of specific requirements around single rooms. Because of the frequency of quarantining of residents during the pandemic, DHS released a memo in November of 2020 that waived two policies around single rooms for quarantine situations:

What Waivers Are Still in Place Now that the Peacetime Emergency is Over?

On July 7, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

With Minnesota's COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency ending July 1, a question on members' minds is what waivers are still in place and for how long. We do not have a lot of detail yet, but here is a summary of what we currently know.

HHS Renews Public Health Emergency Declaration

On April 21, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took action to extend the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) for another 90 days, effective April 21, 2021.

The PHE will now be in place until July 20, and the Section 1135 emergency blanket waivers for nursing facilities will continue over that time unless CMS terminates explicitly one or more of the waivers before that date.

DHS Works to Align Customized Living with Assisted Living Licensure

On March 3, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

On Feb. 18, DHS sent a communication to all enrolled customized living providers about new assisted living facility licensure requirements and how they affect providers’ ability to provide customized living services. The communication was sent to each provider’s MN-ITS.

RFP for Customized Living Quality Improvement Grant Announced

On February 17, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry

The Aging and Adult Services Division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking proposals from providers to improve the overall quality of customized living services. Qualified responders must have provided customized living services in calendar year 2020 (i.e., between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020) to people on the following waivers:

CMS Approves Waiver Reimagine Amendments for All Disability Waivers

On January 13, 2021 by Roni Falck

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved DHS’ CADI Waiver amendment package, which includes Waiver Reimagine streamlined service changes, effective Jan. 11, 2021. CMS has now approved waiver amendment packages that include Waiver Reimagine streamlined service changes for the following waivers:

Public Comment Period on ADS Participant Age Eligibility

On August 12, 2020 by Roni Falck

As part of the DHS Waiver Reimagine project, DHS has requested public comments on Summer 2020 federal waiver plan amendments before they are submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. These amendments apply to the following waivers:

Bill Would Extend Soon-to-Expire Federal Spousal Impoverishment Protections in HCBS

On November 28, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

A recently introduced bill in Congress would extend soon-to-expire federal spousal impoverishment protections for spouses of people receiving Medicaid home and community-based services.   

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