DHHS Highlights Newsletter: Volume 3, Issue 6

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016| Vol. 3, No. 6

DHHS' Highlights is published by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for those interested in the latest information on health and human services issues. Please subscribe to or share the newsletter by clicking on the  "Share" button. 

DHHS to hold Town Hall Meetings Statewide in September

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Courtney Miller, Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities is traveling statewide in September on a “Let’s Talk” tour, designed to gain additional stakeholder input on services to be provided through the Developmental Disabilities Home and Community-Based Waivers. The waivers are identified as a priority in the DHHS Business Plan.

Miller is also looking for feedback on services provided through the Beatrice State Developmental Center services (BSDC) and the Bridges Program in Hastings.

Click here to see dates and times of the DD meetings.

Meanwhile, Medicaid and Long-Term Care Director Calder Lynch will travel across Nebraska beginning Sept. 6th, stopping in several towns throughout the state to share information about Heritage Health, the state’s new Medicaid managed care program. Heritage Health begins on Jan. 1, 2017, but Medicaid clients will begin being able to choose their Heritage Health plan in September.

Lynch will hold seven town halls between September 6 and September 14.

Click here for locations and times of those meetings. 

DHHS is also traveling statewide in September to seek public commentary about Medicaid’s Long-Term Care Redesign project, identified as a priority in the DHHS Business Plan.

All interested persons, including consumers and providers, are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts about what works with the current long-term Medicaid system in Nebraska and what needs to be changed. Goals include strengthening access, coordination and integration of care  through streamlined eligibility processes and collaborative case management, as well as promoting independent living in the least restrictive setting possible through the use of consumer-focused and individualized services and living options.

Click here for locations and times of the listening sessions.