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In March 2014,  the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new definitions of settings in which it is okay for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).  The purpose of these changes is to make sure individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated and support full access to the greater community.
The Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) has been working with CMS to develop a statewide transition plan to assure that all HCBS settings will be in compliance with the new regulations by March 17, 2019.  The state will submit a revised plan to CMS  on April 1, 2016. CMS requires that the plan be available for review and comment before it is sent in for final approval.  IME is looking for feedback on the revised plan.  You can read and comment on the plan from February 1, 2016 – March 2, 2016:  https://dhs.iowa.gov/ime/about/initiatives/HCBS/TransitionPlans.