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Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver Renewal and Amendment Applications: Public Input Process

How the public input process for HCBS waiver renewal and amendment applications work

Home- and Community- Based Services (HCBS) waivers are typically approved for a five-year period. They must then be renewed with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). During the five-year period, changes must be submitted to CMS in the form of a Request for an Amendment. This webpage contains information about waivers MassHealth is currently renewing and/or amending with CMS. Please see below for links to the waiver renewal and/or amendment applications and information about how to provide feedback on the applications to MassHealth.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Public Input Process for Proposed Amendments to the Children’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Waiver

Thursday, October 22, 2020
1:00 p.m.

The Autism Waiver Public Listening Session will be held remotely, with an option for people to do a video conference on their computer or call into a designated phone number.

Online Video (from computer):

https://statema.webex.com/statema/j.php?MTID=m6e40358bc97649180b0fbf80aa769c28

Meeting number: 171 037 4142
Password: rWjjHMdS467

Phone Number:

1-866-692-3580 US Toll Free
Enter access code: 612 331 862

Comments must be submitted by November 1, 2020.

Overview

Home- and Community- Based Services (HCBS) waivers are typically approved for a five-year period. Changes to an approved waiver must be submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the form of a Request for an Amendment.  This webpage contains information about the proposed amendments to the Children’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Waiver (Autism Waiver). The purpose of these amendments is to address certain needs of the populations served by these waivers that were identified population- and system-wide during the COVID-19 emergency, and that are anticipated to continue beyond the public health emergency.

MassHealth and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) jointly propose an amendment to the Autism Waiver. The purpose of this amendment is to add a new service, Home Delivered Meals, to the Autism Waiver. In this entirely self-directed waiver, Home Delivered Meals is added as a self-directed service with budget authority only. The amendment also includes other technical changes to increase flexibility for service planning and case management to occur remotely/via telehealth by removing some references to specific modalities (i.e., “in person”, “telephone”) while maintaining operational integrity.

Please see below for links to the waiver amendment application and information about how to provide feedback on the amendment to MassHealth and DDS. Please note that feedback must be submitted by November 1, 2020.

Hard copies of these documents are available upon request. Please email or send a written request:

Or

  • By regular mail:

    UMass Waiver Unit

    Attn: Autism Comments
    333 South Street
    Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Send Us Your Comments

We invite public comment on the draft Autism Waiver amendment application before we submit them to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. Comments must be submitted by Sunday, November 1, 2020. Please see below for how you can submit comments.

Or

  • By regular mail:

    UMass Waiver Unit

    Attn: Autism Comments
    333 South Street
    Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Or

  • Orally at a public listening session to be held remotely on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 1 p.m.

Autism Waiver Renewal and/or Amendment Documents

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