2021 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Sickles
Permanent Continuation of DD Waiver Telehealth/Virtual Services (language only)

Item 313 #11h

Item 313 #11h

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 382, after line 17, insert:

"AAAAAA.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) , in coordination with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), shall submit a request to U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to amend its 1915(c) Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers to allow telehealth and virtual and/or distance learning as a permanent service option and accommodation for individuals on the Community Living, Family and Individual Services and Building Independence Waivers. The amendment, at a minimum, shall include all services currently authorized for telehealth and virtual options during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Departments shall actively work with the established DMAS Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver Advisory Committee and other appropriate stakeholders in the development of the amendment including service elements & rate methodologies. The Department shall have the authority to implement these changes prior to the completion of the regulatory process."    


(This amendment adds language the Department of Medical Assistance Services to request amendments from the federal CMS to thes Home and Community Based Services Waivers to permanently continue telehealth and virtual and/or distance learning as service options for disabled individuals receiving these waiver services.)