​​​2022 – 2026 Renewal of the Home & Community-Based Alternatives Waiver

Purpose of Waiver Renewal

Like all Medi-Cal waivers authorized under Section 1915(c) of the Social S​ecurity Act, the Home & Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) Waiver must be resubmitted to the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for reauthorization, every five-years. The waiver renewal process allows CMS to determine if a state Medicaid program has met waiver assurances and other federal requirements. The waiver renewal process also allows states to build in best practices, respond to changing needs of the population, address state and federal law and regulations, etc. The HCBA Waiver's current term ends on December 31, 2021. Click here to return to the current HCBA Waiver landing page.

Engaging the Public

DHCS is committed to engaging the public to receive input about the waiver throughout the waiver renewal process.

2022 HCBA Waiver Renewal Stakeholder Presentation

DHCS will be hosting a Stakeholder Presentation webinar on September 17, 2020, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to provide a high-level overview about home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers, the waiver renewal process, and ways in which the public can provide feedback to DHCS to help inform the renewal of the waiver.

2022 HCBA Waiver Renewal Stakeholder Presentation Agenda

2022 HCBA Waiver Renewal Stakeholder Presentation

Use the information provided below to join the webinar at the appointed time:

WebEx Meeting
Call in number: +1-415-655-0001
Event number: 145 328 2774
Event password: welcome1

2022 HCBA Waiver Renewal Technical Workgroup

DHCS is also soliciting stakeholder participation in a series of workgroups to obtain technical input on potential changes to the HCBA Waiver, in order to:

  • Expand what works well
  • Address challenges
  • Safeguard participant health and safety
  • Reinforce participant choice, and
  • Improve access to waiver services

Three technical workgroups will be held between October 2020 and January 2021, to develop recommendations that may be incorporated into the Waiver through the 2022 renewal of the HCBA Waiver.

If you wish to be considered for participation on the workgroup, please submit the HCBA Waiver Renewal Technical Workgroup Statement of Interest form  to the HCBA Waiver inbox at: HCBAlternatives@dhcs.ca.gov, by 5:00 p.m., October 2, 2020

Workgroup applicants must be willing and able to commit to attend all three HCBA Waiver Renewal Technical Workgroup meetings, by Webinar, between October 2020 and January 2021.

DHCS will notify individuals who are selected for the workgroup by­­­ October 19, 2020. Group size will be limited to ensure a productive discussion environment; however, there will be additional opportunities through which stakeholders will be able to provide feedback to DHCS during the waiver renewal process.

Public Feedback 

DHCS is accepting public feedback about HCBA Waiver prior to submitting a request to renew the Waiver for an additional five-year term, 2022 to 2026. 

Public feedback may be submitted to the HCBA Waiver email inbox, by submitting an HCBA Waiver Renewal Public Feedback Submission Form to the HCBA in box, at: HCBAlternatives@DHCS.CA.gov. Please include “HCBA Renewal Public Feedback" in the subject line.

Public feedback may also be submitted to DHCS by mail, to the following address:

Department of Health Care Services
Integrated Systems of Care Division
P.O. Box 997437, MS 4502
Sacramento, CA 95899-7437
Attn: HCBS Section

Timeline

Note: At this point in the renewal process, all dates are approximations and subject to change.

September 17, 2020Stakeholder Presentation
October 2020 – January 2021Technical Workgroup Meetings
June 21 – July 20, 202130-day Public Comment Period

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Questions

To submit questions about the HCBA Waiver renewal, send them by email to: HCBAlternatives@dhcs.ca.gov, or by mail to the following address:

Department of Health Care Services
Integrated Systems of Care Division
P.O. Box 997437, MS 4502
Sacramento, CA 95899-7437
Attention: HCBS Section

 



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