TAs of May 20, 2015, 46 state transition plans have been submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for the implementation of the home and community-based services (HCBS) settings final rule. There are still 5 states that need to submit transition plans. None of these transition plans have been approved by CMS.
The Community Based Independence for Seniors Act S.704 was introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 11, 2015 by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). If passed, the bill would establish demonstrations to cover adult day services and other home and community based services under Medicare Advantage plans.
Adult Day Services/Adult Day Health: Reimbursement and Scope of Services Provided Under Medicaid and Medicaid Waivers is a new report created to help stakeholders better understand how states currently pay for adult day services/adult day health through the Medicaid program and what reimbursement methodologies and regulations promote the growth of quality adult day programs in their state.
On Aug. 5, Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act (S. 2000), a bill that would allow the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to enter into "Veterans Care Agreements with providers."
The Medicare Adult Day Services Act of 2015 (H.R. 1383) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) on March 16. The measure, which LeadingAge strongly supports, if passed would expand Medicare beneficiaries care options by adding skilled nursing, rehabilitation and social services in a Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center.