Message from Commissioner Michele Heydon

DATE: Monday, June 14, 2023

KDADS announces that the requirement to exhaust community resources prior to Medicaid funding access for Assistive Services is suspended. A member’s ability to remain in, or transition to the community is paramount. Obtaining needed services to achieve those goals should be done efficiently via a partnership between the MCO and member. The MCO is considered the driver of the service including education to members, bid acquisition, arrangement of service, service delivery, payment to the provider and post service evaluation. A singular, streamlined process for all recipients of these services is in development that will support consistency in service delivery. Other insurances will remain primary, as appropriate per member. Community resources can still be explored, with MCO service coordination support, at the member’s request.

KDADS will be working with our MCO partners to develop the process and review the need to seek outside resources before requesting Assistive Services.

KDADS will post the process for Assistive Services when it is complete.

For questions regarding this information bulletin, please contact: Leigh Smith, Director, Money Follows the Person.

HCBS Provider Information

The purpose of this section of the KDADS provider site is to supply a central point for providers to obtain information regarding Medicaid Home-and Community-Based Services (HCBS), forms and new information.

HCBS often updates policies for review. Please check the Draft Policies for Review / Comment often to view any policies currently open for comment.

The  HCBS waiver program was authorized under Section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act. Through this program, the state of Kansas is able to provide different services that allow those who need care to receive services in their homes or communities. Under the HCBS waiver program, Kansas is able to waive certain Medicaid program requirements, allowing the state to provide supports and services for people who might not otherwise be eligible under Medicaid. Through the waivers, Kansas targets services to people who need LTSS. The following list contains the seven (7) approved HCBS waivers that Kansas operates: