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05/03/2018

Notice of Intent to Amend Personal Care Assistance and Home Care Program for Elders Medicaid Waivers


 


DEPARTMENT of SOCIAL SERVICES

Notice of Intent to Amend Personal Care Assistance and Home Care Program for Elders Medicaid Waivers

In accordance with the provisions of section 17b-8 of the Connecticut General Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services intends to amend the Personal Care Assistance (PCA) and Home Care Program for Elder Medicaid Waivers to increase the individual cost cap to reflect wage and rate increases for self-directed Personal Care Assistants.

Both waivers will have a phased cap increase beginning July 1, 2018, and a second increase on July 1, 2019.  The cost cap for the Home Care Program for Elders will increase to 125% of the average Medicaid cost of nursing home, effective 7/1/18, and to 130%, effective 7/1/19.  The PCA waiver will increase to 120% of the average Medicaid cost of nursing home, effective 7/1/18, and to 125%, effective 7/1/19.  This will also be reflected in the calculations in the fiscal appendices in the waivers.

No waiver participants will be negatively impacted by these proposed changes.  Service availability will remain the same but the waiver caps need to be increased to accommodate this change.

A complete text of the waiver amendment is available, at no cost, upon request to the Community Options Unit, Department of Social Services, 55 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Connecticut 06106; email shirlee.stoute@ct.govTo access online copies, please follow this link.

All written comments, questions, and concerns regarding these amendments may be submitted within 30 days of the publication of this notice to the Department of Social Services, Community Options Unit, 55 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105, or to Kathy.a.bruni@ct.gov.