DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance
Diamond State Health Plan Plus 1115 Demonstration Waiver Amendment
In compliance with the State's Administrative Procedures Act (APA - Title 29, Chapter 101 of the Delaware Code) and under the authority of Title 31 of the Delaware Code, Chapter 5, Section 512, Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) / Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) intends to submit an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to amend the Diamond State Health Plan (DSHP) Section 1115 demonstration waiver.
Any person who wishes to make written suggestions, compilations of data, testimony, briefs or other written materials concerning the proposed new regulations must submit same to Sharon L. Summers, Planning & Policy 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 302-255-4425 by July 31, 2011.
On July 15, 2011, a draft of the waiver amendment application will be available on the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance website http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dmma/.
You may also obtain a copy by contacting Lisa Zimmerman at (302) 368-6610 or by e-mail to Lisa.Zimmerman@state.de.us or Beverly Weigand at (302) 255-9500 or by e-mail to Beverly.Weigand@state.de.us.
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 PROPOSAL
The proposed provides notice to the public that the Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) intends to submit an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to amend the Diamond State Health Plan (DSHP) Section 1115 demonstration waiver. Specifically, this waiver amendment integrates Nursing Facility (NF) services and Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) into the existing managed care delivery system.
Section 1115 of the Social Security Act provides the Secretary of Health and Human Services broad authority to authorize experimental, pilot, or demonstration projects likely to assist in promoting the objectives of the Medicaid statute. Flexibility under Section 1115 is sufficiently broad to allow states to test substantially new ideas of policy merit. These projects are intended to demonstrate and evaluate a policy or approach has not been demonstrated on a widespread basis. Some states expand eligibility to individuals not otherwise eligible under the Medicaid program, provide services that are not typically covered, or use innovative service delivery systems.
Under a waiver authority of Section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act, the Diamond State Health Plan (DSHP) implemented a mandatory Medicaid managed care demonstration program statewide on January 1, 1996. Using savings achieved under managed care, Delaware expanded Medicaid health coverage to additional low-income adults in the State with incomes less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
Goals of the Diamond State Health Plan are to improve and expand access to healthcare to more adults and children throughout the State, create and maintain a managed care delivery system emphasizing primary care, and to strive to control the growth of healthcare expenditures for the Medicaid population.
Summary of Proposal
The Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) intends to amend its 1115 Demonstration Waiver to integrate primary, acute and long-term care (LTC) services for the elderly and persons with physical disabilities into the Diamond State Health Plan (DSHP) statewide program under the name "Diamond State Health Plan Plus." DMMA is proposing to leverage the existing DSHP 1115 demonstration waiver by expanding it to include full-benefit dual eligibles, individuals receiving institutional LTC (excluding the developmentally disabled population), and individuals enrolled in DMMA's Elderly and Disabled and AIDS section 1915(c) waivers.
DMMA is requesting public comment on the 1115 Demonstration Waiver amendment, "Diamond State Health Plan Plus" (DSHP). Operational implementation of DSHP Plus is projected for April 1, 2012.
The provisions of this demonstration waiver are subject to approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Fiscal Impact Statement
There is no increase in cost on the General Fund. Demonstrations must be "budget neutral" over the life of the project, meaning they cannot be expected to cost the Federal government more than it would cost without the waiver.