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  • Federal Legislation Would Allow Payment for Direct Support Professionals During Hospital Stays

    Topics: Announcements, Federal News,

    NASDDDS is pleased to announce that United States Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) and Tom Emmer (R-MN) have introduced legislation to help people with disabilities exercise greater control during inpatient hospital stays. The bill would allow the option for people receiving community-based supports to continue services from familiar Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) during a period of hospitalization. The Isaiah Baker and Margie Harris-Austin Act would authorize states to reimburse, if they so choose, DSPs’ time supporting individuals during short-term hospital stays under 1915 (c) waiver programs.

     

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  • Bill Would Allow Employers to Match ABLE Contributions

    Topics: Federal News,

     U.S. Representatives Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) have introduced the Saving to Achieve a Better Life Experience (STABLE) Act, which would allow employers to make matching contributions to an employee’s ABLE savings account. The bill would treat ABLE accounts like 401(k) savings accounts, allowing employers to match employee contributions.

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  • GAO Reports on State Challenges Implementing Provider Screening Requirements

    Topics: Federal News,

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report that describes challenges states have faced in implementing new provider screening and enrollment requirements established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in 2010 and the 21st Century Cures Act; and examines Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) support for and oversight of states' implementation of these requirements. GAO reviewed federal laws and CMS guidance.

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  • Permanent MFP Included in Drug Pricing Bill but Five Month Extension Likely

    Topics: Budget and Spending, Federal News,

    Senators Chuck Grassley (R—IA) and Ron Wyden (D—OR), Chair and Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, have introduced an updated version of their prescription drug bill, which includes a permanent reauthorization of Money Follows the Person (MFP). The revised Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019 (PDPRA) now includes a “health extenders” package renewing several health-related programs that Congress must pass before the end of the year to prevent their expiration, and both MFP and spousal impoverishment protections receive a permanent extension in the legislation

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  • NCI™Added To The Medicaid Adult Core Health Care Quality Measure Set and Medicaid Scorecard

    Topics: Announcements, Data and Outcomes, Federal News, Medicaid, NCI,

    National Core Indicators™ (NCI™) a joint venture between NASDDDS and HSRI, has been added to the Medicaid Adult Core Health Care Quality Measure Set and included as a measure on the CMS Medicaid Scorecard website allowing expansion of measurement of quality of care in Medicaid to long term services and supports (LTSS). 

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