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Utah Medicaid Holds Open Meeting Addressing ASD Services

March 06, 2015

 

In July 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that oversees state Medicaid programs, provided an informational bulletin to Medicaid agencies throughout the nation. The bulletin informed state Medicaid agencies that they must begin providing autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-related services to children under 21 through the general Medicaid benefit. More information is online HERE. This is a significant change from previous CMS guidance. 

A meeting will be held Tuesday, March 31 from 1:00-3:00PM at the Utah Department of Health and will provide call-in information for those who cannot attend in person.

Through a home and community based waiver program, Utah Medicaid currently offers ASD-related services to a limited population (children ages 2 through 6).  Under the recent CMS guidance, Medicaid will be required to serve any Medicaid eligible client under 21.

Over the past few months, the Medicaid agency has been developing draft ASD services policy.  Throughout the initial development, Utah Medicaid sought the advice and guidance of experts from Primary Children’s Medical Center, the University of Utah and Utah State University. 

At this point, Utah Medicaid would like to discuss the CMS guidance, Utah Medicaid’s draft policy, and the impact the new policy will have on the current Medicaid Autism Waiver with a broader group of families, providers and other stakeholders. 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Utah Department of Health

Cannon Building, Room 125

288 North 1460 West

Salt Lake City, UT

For those unable to attend in person, a call-in line will be available: 

1.      Dial the access number:  1-877-820-7831

 2.     Enter Passcode:  988316#