Iowa APSE Members visit Senator Grassley on the Hill.
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Make plans now to join us for the 2015 KY APSE Conference!
When: February 25, 26-27, 2015
Where: Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Lexington
Pre-Conference Day focus is Rehabilitation Technology on Feb. 25
CESP Exam will be held on Feb. 27
State Officials, Providers, and Disability and Aging Groups Issue Joint Statement Praising CMS’ Clarification About Continuity of Services During Implementation of its Home and Community Based Services Rule
January 15, 2015: Today APSE and other disability and aging groups, state officials, and providers issued a joint statement regarding guidance recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) services about its Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rule. This guidance — Questions and Answers Regarding Home and Community-Based Settings — directly addresses a misunderstanding that people are at immediate risk of losing services as a result of the rule.
In January 2014, the CMS released a final rule establishing requirements for settings that are funded under Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) programs. The rule requires HCBS settings to, among other things, provide opportunities for participants to engage in community life, have access the community, control their personal resources, and seek employment and work in competitive settings. The rule, which became effective in March 2014, allows states time to transition their HCBS programs into compliance with the new settings requirements. States are required to submit “transition plans” by March 17, 2015, and plans may be up to five years in length.