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The Re-KAPP 12.2.16

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DOL Overtime Update:  

Last week, ANCOR informed members of the preliminary injunction issued by a federal district court judge which temporarily blocked the implementation of the Department of Labor’s Overtime Exemption Rule. Yesterday, the Department of Labor filed its notice of appeal challenging the injunction.
 
The DOL issued statements following the November 22nd ruling and the December 1st appeal, stating: “The Department strongly disagrees with the decision by the court, which has the effect of delaying a fair day’s pay for a long day’s work for millions of hardworking Americans. The Department’s Overtime Final Rule is the result of a comprehensive, inclusive rule-making process, and we remain confident in the legality of all aspects of the rule. We are currently considering all of our legal options.” Read the full statements from the Department of Labor.
 
ANCOR members who were able to attend our members-only call last Friday learned that organizations are approaching the injunction in a number of ways. Many are moving forward with plans put in place in anticipation of the original December 1 date. There has been a wide range of reporting on the last-minute injunction including recent articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette andThe Washington Post.

Medicaid Eligibility Update:

After this story appeared in the Courier Journal on 11/27/16, Red Tape Snarls KY Program for the Disabled

I contacted Deck Decker from OATS to ensure he knew this was a bigger problem than just Michelle P. Waiver Eligibility, that it was a CRISIS for all waiver participants and requested a meeting.   We were able to bring the following people to the table for a very productive discussion:

 
Deck Decker (OATS), Jennifer Harp, Stacy Fish, Kristi Putnam and other staff
DMS Commissioner Miller
DMS Dep. Commissioner Hunter
DMS staff Alicia Clark, Earl Gresham, Lori Kays Gresham
DAIL Comm./Waiver Director Anderson
DCBS Leadership including Patricia Walden and Laura Sanders
 
Here are the results of our SURVEY for your review.  I presented them to the group on Wednesday 11/30 to begin the conversation, including the individual comments.  I am following up with additional information, and the group is going to establish ongoing meetings to RESOLVE systemic issues.  I’m very encouraged!
HCB Final Settings Rule:
Kentucky convened a small group of stakeholders on 11/29/16 (including me, Steve Shannon, advocates, etc.) to review 30 packets from providers for Heightened Scrutiny, to determine readiness for CMS submission.  The 30 packets (10 page summary of site visits, interviews, etc.)  were anonymous and were from 7 agencies.    Most of the packets were sent on, others were returned with suggestions for more information.  I can tell you with confidence that the cabinet truly wants all providers to come into compliance.  
Significant Announcements:
U.S. Rep. Tom Price was named HHS secretary by President-elect Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the decision. Seema Verma, who helped craft Indiana’s conservative Medicaid expansion will lead CMS.
Waiver Redesign:
Thursday 12/1 KAPP’s Waiver Redesign Workgroup had its weekly conference call.  The group is working on a cost analysis for a small sampling of providers.  This will occur in the first quarter of 2017.  
I sent out a survey 11/28 to gather ideas for WAIVER REDESIGN.  I did this with the intent of having our notes/goals summarized for the meetings with Commissioner Anderson that convene on Wednesday, December 7th!  I have only had 24 responses so far…
I need as many responses as possible by Tuesday 12/6 at the latest.  Please take a few minutes to complete.  This is an unprecedented opportunity for input!  Don’t miss it!!!
Complete now:   WAIVER REDESIGN SURVEY 
2017 KAPP Membership:
We are looking forward to 2017 and the opportunities ahead!  Make plans to renew your membership and recruit new members!  There will be NO increase in dues for 2017…I will be sending out renewal applications very soon.  
We need to reestablish our committees for 2017;  Public Policy (Legislative Agenda, DSP Advocacy Campaign), Membership Recruitment and Retention and 2017 Conference Committee.  Please complete this volunteer survey.  We need your participation!  KAPP COMMITTEE SIGN-UP SURVEY
SAVE THE DATES:
  • Public Policy Meeting – Legislative Agenda Planning – 12/8/16 9:00 am – 11:0 am (Cedar Lake -Louisville)
  • House Bill 144:  Thursday 12/8/16 – 1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT – Frankfort – 275 E. Main (open to the public)
  • I/DD Technical Advisory Committee:  Friday 1/20/17 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT – Frankfort – 275 E. Main (open to the public)
  • Medicaid Advisory Committee:  Thursday 1/26/17 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT – Frankfort – Capitol Annex  (open to the public)
  • ABLE Act Webinar:  noon – 1   EDT  (sent out by DDID)

2017 Kentucky General Assembly

  • Tuesday January 3rd:  Session Day 1
  • Wednesday January 4th:  Frankfort, KY – WELCOME BACK TO FRANKFORT RECEPTIONS – 5:00 pm 
  • 2017 Legislative Calendar

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Sorry for the delay!  Have a great week!

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Shannon McCracken

Shannon McCracken is a leader when it comes to supporting the needs of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. After a decade of experience at the two largest SCL agencies in Kentucky, she made the decision to embrace a new opportunity and start her own company, Commonwealth Case Management. While in the field, Shannon has won numerous national awards and served in multiple leadership positions, most recently with the Kentucky Association of Private Providers (KAPP). From November 2009 - 2012, she served as the Vice-President of Public Policy for the KAPP Board of Directors and served as President from 2012-2015. In 2016, KAPP made a significant investment in its future and offered Shannon a full-time position as the State Executive Director. Being so involved has enabled Shannon to stay at the leading edge and have a great understanding of what it takes to support people with disabilities.

Shannon is a graduate of Western Kentucky University...wife to Tony, mom to Davis (19) & Caroline (17.)

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