Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express, April 1, 2008
A proposal by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services would allow thousands of Americans, who previously
could only receive Medicaid-funded services in nursing homes and
other institutions, to be given the choice to receive them in
According to a March 31 press statement, the proposed rule gives
state Medicaid programs guidance on how to implement part of the
Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 that allows them to provide home
and community-based services without having to prove that the
individual is at risk of being institutionalized.
"Thousands more Medicaid beneficiaries may now be able to opt
for needed long-term support services in their homes rather than
institutions," said CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems.
"Breaking the historic link between long-term care and
institutions will level the playing field and give beneficiaries
new choices for how they receive care."
"The home and community-based services option is a win/win
opportunity, giving beneficiaries more control over their care
and allowing states to spend Medicaid resources more
efficiently," Weems added.
The public will be able to comment on the proposal between April
4, when it is published in the Federal Register, and June 3,
Text of proposed rule (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
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