The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have worked for decades to support increased availability of home and community-based services (HCBS) for Medicaid beneficiaries. HCBS provide individuals who need assistance such as personal care, respite care, and many other services the opportunity to receive those services in their own homes and community settings, versus institutions.
Medicaid is looking for ways to increase access to home and community-based services for people with disabilities. In a notice published in the Federal Register, CMS is seeking suggestions about reforms and policy changes that the agency could pursue in order to expand and develop more community-based services. CMS is accepting public comments through January 9th, 2017.
Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We post all comments received before the close of the comment period on the following Web site as soon as possible after they have been received: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the search instructions on that Web site to view public comments.