INARF is pleased to provide additional information on the Medicaid Equal Access Rule, keeping members abreast of national advocacy efforts to address industry issues. The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), INARF’s national partner, has now posted its analysis of the Medicaid Equal Access Rule, which was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 2. The analysis provides an overview and background and describes the Access Review Plan monitoring requirements, including timing, methodology, data requirements, public input/inspection, and remediation. The Rule does not include Medicaid managed care programs or HCBS waiver programs.
The Equal Access Rule becomes effective in January. In preparation for the rule’s implementation, CMS is seeking feedback concerning approaches the agency and states should consider to ensure better compliance with Medicaid access requirements. Feedback will be accepted until January 2, 2016. INARF plans to develop comments on this issue and will share broadly with members to encourage them to do the same.
We hope you find this information helpful. Should you have questions or need any additional information, please contact your INARF office.