COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is providing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to address the unique needs and concerns of Medi-Cal beneficiaries who receive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), and the HCBS providers who care for them, outside of an institution.
DHCS will continue to update the FAQs as the situation changes and as new questions are received.
For the most up-to-date information about the COVID‑19 outbreak in California, click on the following link to be routed to the California Department of Public Health's (CDPH's) website.
California Wildfires and Emergency Evacuations
In response to the devastating statewide wildfires
and emergency evacuations that began in August 2020, DHCS submitted requests to
the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for temporary
approval of administrative flexibilities for California's six 1915(c) Home and
Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers when participants and/or providers were
directly impacted by the wildfires. CMS approved the retro-active Appendix K
with a start date of August 1, 2020 and an end date of February 28, 2021. The
authorized Appendix K amendments and CMS' approval letters are available at the
Appendix K for 1915c HCBS-DD Waiver: Wildfire Retainer Payments – December 23, 2020
Appendix K Approval Letter: Wildfire Retainer Payments – December 23, 2020
Appendix K for 1915c Waivers: Statewide Wildfire and Emergency Evacuation Flexibilities – December 1, 2020
Appendix K Approval Letter: Statewide Wildfire and Emergency Evacuation Flexibilities – December 1, 2020
The authorized Appendix K amendments that were approved in response to the COIVD-19 PHE, which include the CMS-approved temporary flexibilities applied to the population impacted by the wildfires, are available on DHCS' COVID-19 response page.
Long-Term Care Alternatives (Home and Community-Based Service Options)
Long-Term Care Alternatives include an array of home and community choices that allow persons with disabilities to avoid unnecessary institutionalization. High quality long-term care insurance policies for middle-income Californians are also available through the California Partnership for Long-Term Care.