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Public Comment Period for HCBS Waiver Rule

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) is seeking public input on Version 6 of the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) that includes updates and additional detail on site specific assessment results. The plan will be open for public comment for 30 days, January 18 – February 17, 2017. Visit the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule Web page for more details.

This comment period will allow all HCBS members, providers and stakeholders an opportunity to provide input to the plan. Comments and input regarding the amended STP may be submitted in the following ways:  Email: HCBSrulecomments@fssa.in.gov  Written comments should be sent to: State of Indiana FSSA/OMPP Attn: HCBS Final Rule - Kelly Flynn, Manager, State Plan and Waivers 402 W. Washington St., Rm. W374 MS - 07 Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739

All comments will be tracked and summarized. The summary of comments in addition to a summary of modifications made in response to the public comments will be a…

Update on the Status of the ACA

From National Family Voices:

Status Last week, the House and Senate both adopted a concurrent budget resolution (which does not need to be signed by the president), which is the first step in the ACA repeal process. The resolution was passed along party lines, except that Senator Rand Paul (R-TN) voted against it because ACA repeal would increase the deficit.
The next step is a "reconciliation" bill that, if enacted, would repeal parts of the ACA, most likely with a delayed effective date so that a replacement can be developed. This is known as the "repeal and replace" or "repeal-and-delay" strategy.
During the Senate debate on the budget resolution, a number of amendments were offered to protect different aspects of the ACA or different populations. Since it was not expected that any of these amendments would be adopted, they were offered for symbolic purposes. One such amendment, offered by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), would have made it more difficult …