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CMS Approves KDADS and KDHE Request to Amend HCBS Brain Injury Waiver; Expands services to children ages 0-16 years

For Immediate Release

December 6, 2019

For more information, contact:
Cara Sloan-Ramos

Public Information Officer, KDADS
785-296-0807

Ashley Jones-Wisner
Senior Director of Public Affairs, KDHE
785-296-5795

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) are pleased to announce the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved its amendment to the Brain Injury (BI) Home and Community-Based Waiver to provide services to children ages birth to 16 years.

“The expansion of this waiver is a testament to the consistent effort and partnership between two state agencies and their commitment to serving Kansans at any age who need these services,” KDADS Secretary Laura Howard said.

KDHE Secretary Dr. Lee Norman also acknowledges the success of the interagency collaboration, saying “I’m pleased to see our agencies partnership and persistence result in increased access to services that will improve the lives of Kansans.”

In August this year, CMS approved inclusion of both acquired and traumatic brain injuries for individuals ages 16 years and older in the BI waiver. This most recent amendment, submitted to CMS in November, further expands the number of eligible recipients and introduces the development of a BI assessment tool for youth.

In accordance with a 2018 legislative proviso, the expanded waiver makes eligible for services under the Kansas medical assistance program (KanCare) BI home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver:

  1. Individuals of any age who would otherwise qualify for services under the traumatic brain injury waiver but for the individual’s age (…)

CMS approved the waiver amendment November 25, 2019, with an effective date of December 1, 2019.