Alex Reuss, 402-471-1970
Justin Pinkerman, 402-471-1967
Press release :
Governor Ricketts: DHHS Planned $ 61 Million Tariff Hikes Will Help Health Service Providers
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is planning to temporarily increase provider rates for several important programs. The increases will help Nebraska suppliers stabilize their operations as they face labor shortages and continued cost increases from COVID-19. Any planned increases, other than those for child protection services, will need to be approved by the federal office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
“Our state’s health service providers have done a heroic job over the past two years to care for the Nebraskans,” Governor Ricketts said. “As they manage the pressures of the pandemic and persistent labor shortages, the proposed tariff increases will provide much needed help. Thanks to Dannette Smith, CEO of DHHS and her team for taking action to support Nebraska suppliers.
The plan includes more than $ 61 million to increase provider rates by 15% in the three Home and Community Services (HCBS) programs to help people with disabilities, a daily increase of $ 20 for assisted living facilities and nursing homes. nursing homes; and increased rates for child welfare providers to $ 25. per hour for travel and $ 55 per hour for family support.
Rate increases, if approved, will be administered to suppliers retroactively from January 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022. Waiver programs and services that will be affected by the proposed rate increase include:
- Waiver for the elderly and disabled offers services to people over 65 and people with disabilities of all ages. The waiver helps people live safely in their homes by funding a range of services such as assisted living, companion care, and home meal delivery.
- Waiver of developmental disabilities offers services to people of all ages with intellectual disabilities. This maximizes independence while participants live, work and socialize in their communities.
- Daily allowance for independent living and nursing care provides payment for residential or residential services and support services to individuals with health and physical needs requiring the level of care of a nursing facility.
- Increased child protection rate for parenting time and family support provides travel and visiting services to youth and families involved in the child protection system to meet and support family relationships as per the youth’s case plan.
“Our suppliers are essential partners who serve on the front lines to ensure that Nebraskans with distinct needs live the good life in their community as independently as possible,” said Dannette R Smith, CEO of DHHS. “This planned rate increase will allow our partners to continue to provide top-notch service. “