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Implementation Update for March 1, 2024: Legally Responsible Individuals

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Cheryl J. Roberts, Director Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS)

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide an update to the implementation of the new provision of payment to legally responsible individuals (LRI) for personal care services that were scheduled for March 1, 2024  In an effort to support the families who are preparing for the potential changes being discussed in the General Assembly on this topic, the Department sought and received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to request an extension of some of the temporary federal flexibilities allowed by the Appendix K waiver amendment, described in the Medicaid Memo dated April 22, 2020

The Department will be extending all provisions of the Appendix K except for two which have new fiscal impacts to the Commonwealth.   

The Department will implement the following on March 1, 2024:

  1. LRI payments will be limited to 40 hours per week.  LRIs are permitted to find other caregivers for the additional hours approved in the plan of care. 

  2. 2. Respite will not be available when there is a paid LRI.

All other provisions will be delayed until the General Assembly makes a final decision, and the Department submits amendments and receives approvals from CMS for those changes. 

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