New Website to Inform HCBS Advocates

Community is a platform for the aging and disability communities to post information and resources regarding the new HCBS settings rule and steps each state is making to comply with the new rule.

In January, 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new regulation regarding the settings of home and community-based services funded through Medicaid 1915(c) waiver, 1915(i) state plan, and 1915(k) Community First Choice Option. It seeks to improve the community living and integration of people with disabilities and older people, focusing on the experience of individuals receiving HCBS.

Banner from HCBS website reads: HCBS Advocacy  Tools and Resources to help advocates implement the new home and community-based services regulation

States are beginning to assess their current HCBS settings and write plans to come into compliance with the rule. To help advocates learn about the rule and get involved, the DD Network partners – AUCD, NDRN, and NACDD – created, a hub of information and resources for state advocates to share, learn, and post. The site includes new tips and ideas about how to get involved and help your state implement the rule and improve community living for people with disabilities and older people across the nation.