Posted July 21, 2014 | States now are beginning to release their transition plans to bring their Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) systems into compliance with the new federal regulations on community-based settings. It is essential that consumers and their representatives be prepared to evaluate those plans and advocate for improvements.
Here are four tips that consumer advocates should keep in mind:
- Don’t confuse a work plan with a transition plan
- Don’t accept a state’s unsupported claims of compliance
- Don’t accept inordinate reliance on providers’ self-reported data
- Compliance should not be seen as a one-time event
Courtesy of the National Senior Citizens Law Center and the National Disability Rights Network