March 1, 2016

State of Alabama
Press Release: Medicaid

Public Comment Sought for Alabama’s Home and Community-Based Service Waiver Statewide Transition Plan

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The Alabama Medicaid Agency is seeking public comment on its submission of a Systemic Assessment of the Statewide Transition Plan for Alabama Home and Community-Based Waivers.

The Alabama Statewide Transition Plan is intended to ensure the state complies with new rules governing home and community based services (HCBS) at 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)(5) and 441.701(a)(1)(2)provided with Medicaid funding. It outlines the requirements set forth in the rules, describes the planning process and plan for stakeholder and public input and details the steps that have been or will need to be taken to ensure compliance.

An initial version of the plan was originally submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17, 2015. This updated plan is being issued in response to requests for additional information received from CMS in August 2015 and pursuant to additional guidance CMS has made available to states. States are required to use two types of assessment processes to evaluate whether their standards and settings are in compliance with the federal home and community-based setting regulations.

Systemic: The state’s assessment of the extent to which its regulations, standards, policies, licensing requirements, and other provider requirements ensure settings are in compliance.

Site-Specific: The process by which a state assesses specific settings in which home and community-based services are provided to determine whether the settings are in compliance.

This version of the STP addresses the systemic assessment process and results. A final version, including results for both the systemic assessment and the sitespecific assessment, will be submitted to CMS no later than September 30, 2016 in accordance with the revised timelines.

A copy of the proposed systemic assessment of the Statewide Transition Plan can be found on the Alabama Medicaid Agency website by clicking on this link.

Interested parties may also see the receptionist at any Medicaid District Office (DO) to obtain a hard copy of the proposed systemic assessment of the Alabama Statewide Transition Plan.

The comment period is open until March 30, 2016. Written comments regarding the proposed assessment are welcome and should be mailed to:  LaQuita Robinson, Long Term Care Division, Alabama Medicaid Agency, 501 Dexter Avenue, P.O. Box 5624, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5624 or by e-mail at the following address: 

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