Notice of Public Hearing - Tuesday, August 13, 2019
There will be a joint Appropriations and Human Services Commitee public hearing on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 to discuss the renewal of the ABI Waiver II and amendment for ABI Waiver I. (Please see below for full description of proposed changes and amendments to the waiver)
Legislative Office Building, Room 2E, 10:00 am. View agenda here: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/APPdata/pha/pdf/2019pha00813-R001000APP-pha.pdf
BIAC will be providing testimony on the proposed changes - click to view BIAC testimony
The Department of Social Services has posted a Notice of Intent (NOI) regarding the upcoming renewal of the ABI Waiver. Please see below:
Notice of Intent to Renew the Acquired Brain Injury II Waiver and to Amend the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver
In accordance with the provisions of section 17b-8 of the Connecticut General Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services (DSS) intends to renew the Acquired Brain Injury II Waiver (ABI II), and amend the Acquired Brain Injury ABI Waiver (ABI I) to align with proposed changes in the ABI II renewal. The current ABI II waiver expires on November 30, 2019. There are no changes to eligibility or rates.
The proposed changes to both the ABI I and ABI II Waivers are as follows:
The following change is proposed for the ABI II Waiver only:
A complete text of the waiver renewal and amendment is available, at no cost, upon request to the Community Options Unit, Department of Social Services, 55 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Connecticut 06105; or via email to email@example.com. It is also available on the Department’s website, www.ct.gov/dss, under “News and Press,” as well as the following direct link: https://portal.ct.gov/DSS/Health-And-Home-Care/Medicaid-Waiver-Applications/Medicaid-Waiver-Applications
Any written comments regarding this waiver renewal and amendment must be submitted by July 18, 2019 to the Department of Social Services, Community Options Unit, 55 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105, Attention: Kathy Bruni, Director; or via email to Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Post from the Department of Social Services
Since the end of the five-year ABI 2 waiver period is 11/30/19, the Department of Social Services has initiated its customary internal process of reviewing the waiver’s covered services, utilization of services, and training and credentialing requirements for providers. Please know that each time a waiver renews, we review all aspects of the waiver to assess what is working well and what might need to be modified. We understand that some information about this process has been made public, and that there may be concerns about what this means for participants of the waiver. The Department is not taking any action currently that will result in decreasing service plans or taking services away from people. Unfortunately, this is the information that we have heard is being circulated. We intend to post notice for public comment on the waiver renewal this summer. We urge all interested parties to contribute comments. In the meantime, the Department welcomes all stakeholders to share their perspectives on the waiver by contacting Kathy Bruni: via phone at 860-424-5177 or via email to Kathy.email@example.com
For more information, please click here for the Department of Social Services Community Options Website
For a history of ABI Waiver activity, click here
Please contact the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut — firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860.219.0291 with any questions.