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The "What's Happening" page is designed to keep us all up to date as to what's going on in the DD world.  We'll do our best to provide accurate, unbiased information.  It's often important, however, to provide some analysis of what the facts mean, and that results in editorial comment.  When we're commenting instead of reporting, the passage will be labeled as "Editorial Comment" and displayed in green.


Contents:

Save the Date for the 2014 AWA Conference

DOL Rules on Shared Living Arrangements

Medicaid Provider Rate Cuts

CFCO to Replace all Waiver Services Except Case Management

State Introduces a Web Page for CFCO

DHS Says Will Keep TEFRA

AWA Establishes List Serve

 

Save the Date for the 2014 AWA Conference

Theme: The Strength of Community
Location: Hot Springs, AR
Dates: Pre-conference - July 16th
Conference - July 17th and 18th

Check back here for further details as they become available.

 

DOL Issues Final Rules on Shared Living Arrangements

To get a copy of the Department of Labor's ruling, CLICK HERE.

 

Medicaid Provider Rate Cuts

From Andy Allison, Arkansas' Medicaid Director, May 28:  "After assessing the financial health of the Medicaid program at the end of the fiscal year's third quarter, we continue to see a historic slow down in growth and no longer expect a budget shortfall. Because of that, we no longer anticipate needing to freeze or cut the rates of our Medicaid providers. This should be welcome news for your providers and feel free to share the news."

 

CFCO to Replace all Waiver Services Except Case Management

Here's a chart showing how CFCO will interface with Waiver, proposed in any case.  Apparently, ALL services will be CFCO.  Waivers will be maintained only to ensure the eligibility criteria remains unchanged (three times SSI  for Waiver vs 150 percent of poverty level for CFCO).  Since Waiver has to provide at least one Waiver service for the person to be on Waiver, all will receive Case Management only.

Chart Illustraiting Words

EDITORIAL COMMENT: If you can't read the chart, you may download it by clicking HERE.  What this all means is if it is not included in CFCO, it is not available.    All CFCO plans are a proposal that must be approved by CMS before implementation.  We expect some changes as CMS begins to negotiate with Arkansas on what can and cannot be done under CFCO.

 

State Introduces a Web Page for CFCO

DHS has provided a web page to keep all up to date on what is happening in the CFCO arena and to provide an avenue for public input.  You can access the information by clicking HERE

 

DHS Says Will Keep TEFRA

Dr. Green has stated there have been no discussions concerning TEFRA at DHS, Medicaid, or DDS.  The exact words are, ".... there have been NO discussions regarding the discontinuation of the program. It’s a valuable asset for our families in Arkansas and we intend to support it."

EDITORIAL COMMENT: Thank you.


AWA Establishes List Serve AWA

AWA has established a list serve to provide yet another avenue for families, persons with a developmental disability, advocates and professionals to exchange information and keep up with what's happening in our world.  To subscribe, send an email to

AR-AWA-Subscribe@YahooGroups.com


EDITORIAL COMMENT:  Try it, you'll like it.