Take Action to Prevent Medicaid Changes

New Mexico DHS is proposing limiting OT, SLP, and PT, eliminating habilitation for adults, restricting specialized therapy like hippo therapy, charging poor people copays, and more in its application for an 1115 Medicaid waiver.  The last Public Comment session by DHS will be October 30, 2017, from 5:30-7:30pm, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center-Bank of America Theater, in Albuquerque. Comments about the waiver will be accepted until 5:00 pm MST on Monday, November 6, 2017. You may also email comments directly to: HSD-PublicComment@state.nm.us or mail your comments to:
Human Services Department
ATTN: HSD Public Comments
PO Box 2348
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2348
To get a copy of the proposed waiver changes go to: http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/…/Centennial%20Care%202%200%20Dr

Key message: Dear Secretary Brent Earnest, I am commenting on the proposed 1115 Medicaid Waiver program. I am not in support of proposed changes to charge our state’s most vulnerable population a copay to receive care. Second, I am not in support of limiting rehabilitation services to people receiving Medicaid. Rehabilitation is a key service helping people attain or retain capability for independence or self-care and is demonstrated to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations or placement into expensive long-term care. Third, I am opposed to eliminating habilitation services for adults. Habilitative services for adult persons are provided to assist the individual attain and maintain a skill or function that was never learned or acquired and is due to a disabling condition. There are many people transitioning into adult life who will need habilitative services, for example adults receiving cochlear implants to treat hearing loss, those with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders, and adults with cerebral palsy or developmental disabilities learning independent living skills. Lastly, I am against any changes in the waiver that would alter the essential health benefits of people insured under Medicaid. Sincerely, YOUR NAME, TITLE

See a letter from 2017 ASHA President Gail Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP

ASHA Comments to NM Regarding 1115 Waiver

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