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Public Policy Update: Governor’s Budget Released, Medicaid Expansion Bill Advances, Medicaid Services Updates

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Public Policy Update: Governor’s Budget Released, Medicaid Expansion Bill Advances, Medicaid Services Updates

On March 15,¬†the Governor released his budget proposal. It is quite extensive, and in this entry, we have listed some highlights of items that have an impact on many people on the autism spectrum and their families and which address our public policy priorities. Health and Human Services $126 million for 2,000 more Innovations waiver…

Public Policy Update: Tailored Plans, NC Budget, and Medicaid Expansion

Tailored Plans Delayed until October 1, 2023¬† NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) announced that the new Tailored Plans under Medicaid will be delayed again, this time until October 1, 2023. Citing concerns that people would have difficulties using primary care physicians and specialty health care services (‚Äúnetwork adequacy‚ÄĚ) and that other…

Medicaid Transformation and Tailored Plan Updates

For additional information about the Medicaid Transformation process in North Carolina, please visit our page of information and resources.¬† New timeline released for Tailored Plan rollout The start of the new Tailored Plans, integrated health Medicaid Benefit Plans for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), as well as those with significant mental health and…

1915(i) Services Update: State Plan Amendment Released

Medicaid will be offering new services called 1915(i) services to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), including autism, as well as those with mental health issues and substance use disorders. 1915(i) services will eventually replace B3 services when Tailored Plans launch in April, 2023. Unlike B3, 1915(i) services are an entitlement. This means that…

North Carolina General Assembly Update – State Budget

State Budget Update:¬†The NC¬†Senate¬†passed¬†SB 105,¬†their¬†version of the state budget bill,¬†on Friday, June 25.¬†This year‚Äôs budget¬†contains a¬†mix of¬†state¬†appropriations¬†and¬†allocations¬†of¬†federal funding that has come to North Carolina through several ‚Äúrecovery act‚ÄĚ bills.¬†The¬†NC House¬†is expected to¬†release their budget bill¬†sometime in mid-July.¬†The¬†House and Senate will have to¬†reconcile differences between their¬†budget¬†bills though the conference committee report before sending the¬†final budget¬†to the…

June 9: Legislative Day of Action for Direct Support Wages

ASNC and a coalition of groups across IDD, aging, and home and community-based health services will be rallying at the General Assembly on June 9 in support of increased wages for direct support workers.¬†¬† Legislators have heard¬†our¬†decade of advocacy¬†for increased access to services,¬†and¬†we¬†expect¬†to see more waiver slots in the upcoming budget.¬†Access to waivers must go…

Public Policy Update

Listen to our latest podcast about these policy developments.   Federal Actions¬† American Rescue¬†Act: Congress¬†passed an additional COVID and economic relief bill – the American Rescue Plan (ARP)¬†– in early¬†March.¬†The legislation¬†includes¬†a number of¬†items meant to address ongoing¬†problems related to the pandemic including¬†$1,400¬†stimulus¬†checks for many Americans¬†(including dependents and individuals with disabilities);¬†an extension of unemployment benefits;¬†additional funding…

Update on Medicaid Transformation: What You Need to Know

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is in the process of implementing Medicaid transformation in North Carolina. In this process, Medicaid recipients will have their health services transitioned from a fee-for-service model to managed care, which allows for physical and behavioral health services to be administered in one plan. Our state‚Äôs plan…

Parent to Parent, Part 2: Practical Considerations for End-of-Life Planning

In part one of this two-part series, we addressed the fact that parents and caregivers for loved ones with disabilities such as autism will need to plan in advance for their eventual death to ensure the appropriate steps are taken for their loved one in their absence. In abstract terms, this process includes envisioning the…