The Capitol Insider Blog – The Arc National’s blog covering current legislative topics.
The Arc: Fusion– A letter from The Arc National’s CEO, Peter V. Berns.
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The Affordable Care Act: What Disability Advocates Need to Know – The Arc’s national office policy staff has prepared this issue of National Policy Matters on The Affordable Care Act and the elements of the law that impact people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services – Request for Public Comment: Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS) in the Home and Community Based Services – Supported Living Services (HCBS-SLS) Waiver Task Group Report
An individual or their representative may manage the allocated Medicaid dollars and hire, train and manage the support staff they choose to provide their personal care, homemaker and health maintenance activities. The individual may directly hire support staff without working through a program approved agency or a home health agency. CDASS is currently available in the Elderly, Blind and Disabled, Community Mental Health Supports, Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury waivers.
In November 2014 a task group was formed to make recommendations for the implementation of the CDASS option in the HCBS-SLS waiver. This process resulted in a proposed amendment to the SLS Waiver. The SLS waiver uses Service Plan Authorization Limits (SPAL) which cap the dollar amount for all services received in an individual’s SLS plan. The cost of the Health Maintenance activities will not be included in the SPAL limits or within the SLS waiver cap of $45,500.
The public comment period is open until February 9th and your opinion is important! Please comment and make recommendations for the following points:
Please contact Roberta Aceves by no later than February 9, 2015 expressing your support of the implementation of CDASS into the SLS Waiver examples of recommendations include:
Comment deadline is 2/9/15. PLEASE submit your comments to Roberta Aceves at DIDD by
• Emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org (use HCBS-SLS CDASS in the subject line)
• Sending through US Mail: Attention Roberta Aceves, 1570 Grant St, Denver CO 80203
• Faxing to: Attention Roberta Aceves 303: 866-2573
Your future choice to consumer direct services in the SLS Waiver requires you send your comments today.