7/23/2020 11:57:49 AM
DHS received federal approval to waive the requirement for a non-electronic public notice as part of the waiver amendment for the Waiver Reimagine project. DHS will provide only an electronic notice for the 30-day public comment period.
People who receive services and their families have told DHS that Minnesota’s disability waiver programs are complicated and limit their flexibility. In response, DHS is working to make the waiver system easier to understand and use. The Waiver Reimagine project will streamline the system so people and families can focus on the life they want in the community. As part of the project, DHS is seeking an amendment to all disability waivers to simplify the service menus.
Before submitting the amendments to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), DHS will provide a 30-day public notice to gather meaningful feedback from people who receive and are eligible for services. CMS requires the public notice to include at least one electronic and one non-electronic method for the public to provide feedback. Previously, lead agencies (counties, tribal nations and managed care organizations) posted printed copies of the notice in their offices. However, most lead agencies have closed their offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
DHS published Bulletin #20-56-08: Non-electronic public notice requirement waived for Waiver Reimagine amendments (PDF) to provide additional information about this change. Additional information about the public comment process will follow.
DHS is making this change with authority from Executive Order 20-11 (PDF), which allows the commissioner to use an Appendix K process to request temporary modifications to CMS requirements for 1915(c) waivers.
For more information about the Waiver Reimagine project, see DHS – Waiver Reimagine.