House Enrolled Act 1493 requires the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Division of Aging (DA) prepare a report on Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). The requirements of the report, which is due to the General Assembly on October 1, 2017, are as follows:
- Study of functional and financial eligibility process;
- Identification of options for services and supports that are cost effective, high quality, and focus on social and health outcomes;
- Evaluation of reimbursement rates including rate methodology; and
- Review of potential migration of individuals from one waiver to another or one service from another should that be necessary.
We have stated all along two goals that have possibly not been compatible with each other:
1. Write a comprehensive and high quality report that reinforces the business case for investment in HCBS and tees up a reform process; and
2. submit that report to stakeholders for public comment prior to submission.
We are sorry to report that we are not going to complete the report in time to seek public input prior to the October 1 due date. The new plan is to submit the report to the legislature, at least a few days prior to the deadline. We will then send a notice out that the report was submitted, along with a link to the report. We will ask for and collect public comment for the next 30 days, and then write an addendum to the report, based on public input received after submission.
This report lays the foundation for Indiana’s Long-Term Care Transformation Project. For more information about this project please click here.