North Carolina ready to proceed on Medicaid waivers for home services for TBI patients, children with emotional disturbances

January 11, 2016

North Carolina's Medicaid chief told state lawmakers his agency is ready to move ahead on waiver requests for better, more flexible services for traumatic brain injury patients and children with severe emotional disturbances. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Dave Richard told the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services that the two 1915-c waivers would allow the state Medicaid program to expand home- and community-based services to both groups. Currently, federal Medicaid rules cover treatment for TBI and for children's severe emotional disturbance only in the context of an inpatient treatment facility. The waivers would allow Medicaid in North Carolina to cover the same services for patients and families for whom institutionalization is not the best choice.
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