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Provide States More Time to Implement New System to Verify Delivery of Medicaid Services for People with Disabilities and Older Adults

Tell your Senators to support an implementation delay of a new electronic visit verification requirement for certain Medicaid services.


Beginning in 2019, states must implement a new electronic system to verify the delivery of Medicaid home health and personal care services that require an in-home visit.

There are numerous implementation challenges related to this new federal requirement, including concerns for the privacy of individuals. The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved legislation (H.R. 6042) to delay the electronic visit verification system requirement to ensure proper implementation and to avoid service disruption. A similar bill (S. 2897) in the U.S. Senate would also delay EVV implementation.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Contact your Senators and urge them to support legislation to delay the EVV implementation.

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Vote YES to Delay Implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (H.R. 6042/S. 2897)
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I am writing to ask that you support the U.S. House-passed H.R. 6042 to delay the recent electronic visit verification (EVV) requirement for certain Medicaid waiver services. The legislation represents a commonsense first step toward ensuring EVV systems are properly and successfully implemented, all without disrupting services to older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Personal care services (PCS) and home health care services (HHCS) are essential in helping older adults and individuals with disabilities to maintain their health and to remain independent in their communities. Under the 2016 law, these Medicaid services are subject to a new requirement to ensure that the in-home visit occurred. States must implement EVV systems by January 1, 2019 for personal care services or January 1, 2023 for home health care services.

There are numerous challenges to implementing the federal requirement, including the lack of time for states to fully engage stakeholders, concerns for personal privacy, and operational concerns related to internet connectivity, staff and provider training, and hardware and software costs. H.R. 6042, which was approved in the U.S. House on June 19, would help to alleviate implementation concerns by giving states an additional year to meet the first deadline. A similar bill (S. 2897) was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would also delay EVV implementation.
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Please vote YES to delay the electronic visit verification requirement. A seamless transition to an electronic visit verification system is critical for individuals with disabilities and older adults who benefit from Medicaid home health and personal care services.

Thank you for your consideration.
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