The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) wants to share some important updates with stakeholders of the 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver programs.

  • Public Comment Update: DMS is delaying the formal public comment period scheduled to start on Friday, November 1, 2019, by one week. The formal public comment period will now start on Friday, November 8, 2019. Details can be found in the updated public comment notice below. 
  • Service Authorization Changes: Effective November 25, 2019, Carewise Health will no longer approve person-centered service plans (PCSPs) for 1915(c) HCBS waivers. Case managers will take over this task for most services. Today, DMS notified case managers of several upcoming deadlines related to this change. We have included a copy of the notice in this email to make all stakeholders aware as the deadlines could affect re-certifications or emergency modifications to PCSPs.