2022 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Bell Robert B.
Telehealth Services & Virtual Learning Services in Medicaid DD Waiver Program (language only)

Item 304 #22h

Item 304 #22h

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 340, after line 10, insert:

"PPPP.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services, in cooperation with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, shall submit a request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 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 those services authorized for telehealth and virtual options during the COVID-19 pandemic. The departments shall actively work with the established Developmental Disability Waiver Advisory Committee and other appropriate stakeholders in the development of the amendment including service elements and rate methodologies. The department shall have the authority to implement these changes prior to the completion of the regulatory process."


(This amendment extends the provision of Medicaid telehealth and virtual and/or distance learning for individuals on the Medicaid Developmental Disability Waiver programs permanently. These services were implemented during the pandemic through Medicaid Appendix K waivers and approved by the federal government.)