From: Dani Sullivan [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 5:47 PM
To: Jamie Staunton
Subject: [ddd-providers] 2011 Legislative Session
Brent D. Sherard, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., Director and State Health Officer Governor Matthew H. Mead
To: All Home and Community Based Waiver Providers
From: Chris Newman, Developmental Disabilities Division Administrator
Subject: Summary of legislation that impacts the Home and Community Based Waivers
Date: January 10, 2011
Happy New Year to everyone! As many of you already know, the 2011 General Session of the Wyoming State Legislature begins tomorrow, Tuesday, January 11th. I have received many calls and questions about how this legislative session may impact participants, families, guardians and providers so I thought it would be helpful to send out a summary of the bills that have been introduced as of January 7, 2010 that could impact the Developmental Disabilities Division (Division).
If you are interested in tracking these or other bills, click the link below to access the Wyoming State Legislature Home Page (http://legisweb.state.wy.us/lsoweb/session/sessionhome.aspx). From this website, you can review bills that have been introduced, track the progress of bills, listen to sessions, find information on how to attend a hearing and give testimony, and find out how to provide written input on a bill.
Currently, there are two bills that directly pertain to the home and community based waivers administered by the Division. I have provided a summary of the bills below.
1. HB 0020 (House Bill 20): Authorizes payment to relatives of persons with developmental disabilities or acquired brain injuries. This bill, if passed as drafted, would allow parents of participants to receive reimbursement for providing services with certain restrictions. The parents would need to be certified as a Medicaid Waiver provider and meet the certification requirements for the service being provided.
2. SF 0029 (Senate File 29): Authorizes funding for currently underfunded units of residential habilitation and day habilitation services so providers can receive reimbursement for units of these services they are currently providing, authorizes development of a training and certification program for behavioral specialists, and specifies a basis for calculating the budget for home and community based waivers.
Both of these bills were introduced by the 2010 Select Committee on Developmental and Intellectual Programs. The final report from the Select Committee provides more detailed information on the background of these bills. The report can be found at: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/InterimCommittee/2010/DD%202010%20Final%20Report.pdf
In addition, the 2011-2012 budget bill includes a recommendation to fund the currently underfunded units for residential habilitation and day habilitation services so providers can receive reimbursement for units of these services they are currently providing. The budget bill recommendation mirrors the authorization in Senate File 29.
Please feel free to share this information with any interested parties, including participants, guardians, families and other stakeholders. The Division will be tracking these bills through the legislative process and will send out listserv updates when significant developments occur, such as if a bill is approved or fails to pass a certain step in the legislative process. However, the best way to track these or any bills on a routine basis is to access the Wyoming State Legislature website, which will have the most current information.
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