DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance

Statutory Authority: 31 Delaware Code, Ch. 5, §512 (31 Del.C., Ch. 5, §512)

PROPOSED

PUBLIC NOTICE

Assisted Living Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver

In compliance with the State's Administrative Procedures Act (APA - Title 29, Chapter 101 of the Delaware Code), under the authority of Title 31 of the Delaware Code, Chapter 5, Section 512, and, in compliance with State Notice procedures as set forth in the Federal Register, September 27, 1994, Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) / Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) will submit an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for renewal of its Home and Community-Based Services waiver entitled, Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver Program (ALMWP), for an additional five years.

Any person who wishes to make written suggestions, compilations of data, testimony, briefs or other written materials concerning extension of the this waiver must submit same to Sharon L. Summers, Policy and Program Development Unit, Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance, 1901 North DuPont Highway, P.O. Box 906, New Castle, Delaware 19720-0906 or by fax to (302) 255-4454 by July 31, 2006. The waiver application will be made available upon request.

The action concerning the determination of whether to adopt the proposed regulation will be based upon the results of Department and Division staff analysis and the consideration of the comments and written materials filed by other interested persons.

Summary of Proposed Changes

Statutory Authority

Social Security Act §1915, Provisions Respecting Inapplicability and Waiver of Certain Requirements of this Title

42 CFR §441, Subpart G, Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Requirements

Background

The Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver Program (ALMWP) provides community based residential services. The Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) administers the ALMWP and is funded by Delaware Medicaid and State general funds. The ALMWP is targeted to older persons and adults with physical disabilities who need assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs) and meet Medicaid nursing facility admission criteria. The goal of the waiver is to provide services in a manner which responds to each consumer's abilities, assessed needs, and preferences, and which ensures maximum consumer self-sufficiency, independent functioning and safety in a homelike residential setting.

The current demonstration project #0332.91 expires on September 30, 2006. To assure the continuation of the waiver, the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance will submit a five-year extension request for the ALMWP to the CMS for the period October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2011.

The provisions of this waiver are subject to approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Summary of Proposal

DMMA is announcing a thirty-day comment period on the Waiver Extension request submitted to CMS.

The State of Delaware is in the process of renewing its home and community-based waiver for assisted living. The State intends no changes in benefits or the population served during the renewal period. If during the renewal application process and during our discussions with CMS a need for any changes is identified, those changes would be published at the earliest possible time for public review and comment.

10 DE Reg. 56 (07/01/06) (Prop.)