We need your help with the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule

Background

CMS requires all states that operate home and community-based services waivers to comply with a federal settings rule. The purpose of the settings rule is to ensure that people receiving services through home and community-based waiver programs have access to the benefits of community living and are able to receive services in the most integrated settings.

 

For more information about the federal rule and settings requirements can be found on CMS’ website at www.medicaid.gov.

 

Share Your Story

Tell Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to support a full array of services, including prevocational services. Share your story on choice and the importance of preserving your choice on where to live and work.

 

How to Take Action- Write a letter to Seema Verma, CMS Administrator. Share…

  1. Your story- where you work, things you like about work, etc.
  2. Tell her to eliminate the presumption that settings specifically designed to serve individuals with developmental disabilities are “isolating”.
  3. It’s your right to choose where to receive services.

 

Mail-

Seema Verma,Administrator

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Hubert H. Humphrey Building

200 Independence Ave, SW Washington D.C. 20201

Email- Seema.Verma@cms.hhs.gov

 

This information is being shared across 15 states, which will provide the background of the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule and how to take action.  The attachment is an example written by Rick Wilson to Seema Verna on this issue. It is important that Seema Verna, CMS Administrator eliminates the presumption that settings specifically designed to serve individuals with developmental disabilities are “isolating.”  The Home and Community-Based Settings Rule includes prevocational services,  day services, and residential services.  Please take a few minutes to contact Seema Verna and help preserve a full array of choice to people with disabilities.

Let me know if you need any assistance.

Margaret

 

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