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KS Department for Aging and Disability Services and KS Department of Health and Environment announces application for Integrated Waiver
Public Forums are scheduled in Topeka, Wichita, Kansas City, Coffeyville and Garden City. There will also be teleconference calls. Click the Link above for more information. According to KDADS Secretary Bruffett, "A new 1115 Waiver (Medicaid) would allow KDADS to establish and integrated set of services that would be available to all waiver recipients regardless of the waiver in which they are enrolled."
Advocates applaud this move that would allow services to be fully based on the individuals needs rather than their type of disability but public input is needed to insure the new Medicaid Waiver insures needs are met without additional restrictions. We have serious concerns that KDADS and KDHE predict this universal Waiver will result in a cost savings to the State. It's hard to see how offering additional services to individuals results in a cost savings....
To view a link of one of the public forums, check out the Youttube Video here
The Veterans Affirs (VA) Announces New Rules Regarding Service Animals in VA Facilities
The VA has revised their regulations regarding the presence of animals on VA property to bring them into compliance with the Federal Law regulating service animals. Advocates have noted that regulations varied from facility to facility; this new guidance provides clear information that only dogs that are individually trained to perform work or tasks on behalf of an individual with a disability will be considered service animals and therefore permitted in VA facilities.
As required this regulation was published in teh Federal Register and over the next 30 days individuals may provide feedback.
Department of Labor Rule concerning in home attendant care services update...
On August 21, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed the lower court’s decision in Home Care Association, et al. v. David Case on May 7, 2015, and decided on August 21, 2015 that the DOL Final Rule was valid. At this time, Ks Department for Aging and Disability Services which oversees the Home and COmmunity Based Service programs is reviewing the ruling but no action will be taken at this time to change Waiver services. Advocates on both sides believe this case will be appealed to the Supreme Court for a ruling.
Why is this ruling important?
While we applaud the expansion of overtime rules and fair labor standards to hardworing in home care attendants, this new rule muddies the water on who is the true "employer". It has the potential of expanding employer rights to the States rather than the individual self-directing their care. We will keep you posted as this battle continues.
Find out more at www.DOL.gov
3RIvers is seeking Board members to represent the following counties in our service area; Geary, Clay, Washington, Nemaha, Wabaunsee and Marshall. Board meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday evening of the month. more....
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