Waiver Update

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The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has released an updated version of the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers. This version includes questions received to the 1915(c) Waiver Help Desk during the past few weeks and questions from the COVID-19 Waiver Updates webinar held on March 25, 2020.

COVID-19 FAQ for 1915(c) HCBS Waivers  

Here are a few things to know about the updated FAQ:

  • Questions have been re-arranged and grouped by topic. Some questions fall under multiple topics. We recommend reviewing questions via the “Contents” section to identify questions and answers of interest to you. Clicking on the question in the “Contents” section will take you to the answer in the FAQ.
  • Each question/answer includes the date it was added or revised. To help you more quickly identify new or updated questions/answers, we have highlighted the date field in yellow for newly added questions and green for revised ones.
  • If you do not see the question you asked or a similar one, it may be included in a later version of this FAQ. DMS is continuously receiving questions and will update the FAQ in the near future.

You can view all resources DMS has released regarding the 1915(c) HCBS waivers on the Division of Community Alternatives website. Available resources include the Waiver Updates Webinar presentation and recording. If you still have questions after reviewing the FAQ and other waiver-related COVID-19 guidance, please contact the 1915(c) Waiver Help Desk at 1915cWaiverHelpDesk@ky.gov or (844) 784-5614.

A Great Resource

Here is a great resource for those of you who have children during this trying time.


The Arc of United States Update

Check out this helpful post from Nicole Jorwic of The Arc of United States:

Good Afternoon:

Banks will begin accepting applications for the Small Business loans TODAY, forms and info from the Dept. of Treasury: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses

 I updated the #WeAreEsential blog based on the passage of package 3, feel free to share widely, the links to all 3 (call, email and tweet) action alerts are linked at the bottom of the blog: https://thearc.org/the-disability-community-must-once-again-show-weareessential/

 Potential Resource for PPE/Medication:

Healthcare Ready is a national emergency response nonprofit that has expertise in working with government agencies including FEMA, state and local public health officials, and the private sector on disaster preparedness and response. During this national public health crisis, they will be working with various industries and government agencies on quickly identifying, triaging, and distributing medication, personal protective equipment, and medical equipment. The best way to make a request is by emailing alerts@healthcareready.org.  When doing so, I recommend being as specific as possible on your needs as that will help them identify ways they may be able to support.

 Medication Assistance Tool.  As many individuals and families may now be finding themselves suddenly unemployed and now facing higher health care costs due to COVID-19, the MAT will hopefully be useful as it is a search engine of the various patient assistance resources available within the pharmaceutical space. While I know this won’t address everyone’s needs, it will hopefully help many individuals and their caregivers recognizing that while some may have more affordable options through Medicaid, when a family member or caregiver suddenly finds themselves unemployed, that could create new challenges for the entire family.

 Thank you, and be well!


Arc Update

Check out the latest helpful information from Shawn Ullman of The Arc of United States:

Hope you guys find these useful in your advocacy and/or services to students with disabilities who are learning from home!

 The National Center on Learning Disabilities has created two short fact sheets, one for parents and one for educators, on steps they can take to support students with disabilities to learn at home.

 The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition did a webinar and shared resources on transition activities that can be done with transition-age students learning from home.

 The Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports created a short booklet for families on using positive behavioral supports at home to help manage student’s with behavioral challenges or students who struggle with change in their routines.

Arc Update

Please check out this post from The Arc:

Some of the resources on COVID that I have previously shared from the US Department of Education have included guidance for children receiving early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. However, these new resources from the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center on Tele-Intervention seemed particularly relevant for those of you advocating for families receiving early intervention services, as well as chapters who are early intervention providers.

It includes the rules for each state regarding tele-intervention services, as well as guidance from speech, occupational therapy, and physical therapy associations on providing services remotely.

There are also pages on how to deliver services through tele-intervention and activities that early intervention providers can share with families to do while they’re home.

I hope you find these helpful. Stay safe and healthy!

Shawn Ulman