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.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP), under contract with the Research Triangle Institute, released the Regulatory Review of Adult Day Services: Final Report.
The Veterans Access to Extended Care Act of 2015 (S.739), legislation to move forward on the changes that were in the Veterans Administration proposed rule on provider agreements, was introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 16 by Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and was then referred to the Committee on Veterans Affairs.
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.