Hazard Pay Details Released by DMAS

Calling the following “one-pagers” – which clearly are intended to be short, succinct, and provide initial direction – the following were released yesterday afternoon in response to the budget language shared in the Post of Tuesday: Hazard Pay – Information for Agencies Hazard Pay – Information for Agency Personal Care, Respite or Companion Staff Hazard […]

New Information on the Third Round of Available Federal Funding

We have updated the Medicaid Provider Relief Fund page with links to the new information – applications for this round are open to a far broader group of provider types and there has been some modification of the expectations for use and reporting. The applications for this round are still due in early November, so […]

COVID 19 Case Rate and Mortality for I/DD

We would like to share a copy of the attached study COVID-19 Case and Mortality Report (I/DD) “The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected people with Intellectual or Developmental Disability (I/DD). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on people with I/DD across the US and to educate key stakeholders […]

Update on Hazard Pay and Retainer Payments

The specific language from the budget is below: Item 479.10 #2c B. 14. The appropriation in this item includes $72,000,000 the first year from Coronavirus Relief Funds cited in paragraph B.2. above for the Department of Medical Assistance Services for hazard pay for consumer directed and agency directed personal care attendants who provide Medicaid personal […]

Is Monday Morning too Early to Think?

The reason I enjoy having access to Open Minds (a member benefit you should check out!) is that it makes me think a little harder or in a slightly different way.  These two recent articles definitely have that characteristic! First, is an article about the future of community supports for individuals with I/DD which approaches […]