Public Notice of 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Waiver Amendments and Community Supports Waiver Renewal
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) intends to file waiver amendments with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for multiple 1915(c) home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers administered through its Office of Waiver and Facility Services. These amendments will establish authority for the use of enhanced funding from Section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Additionally, these amendments will address cost limits and services to account for impacts associated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency and will make permanent the rate increases implemented under the recently approved Appendix K.
Section 9817 of the ARPA provides states with a temporary 10% increase to the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for Medicaid HCBS. The funding is intended to enhance, strengthen and improve HCBS beyond what was available as of April 1, 2021. Per guidance from CMS, HCBS provider rate increases funded through the temporary 10% increased FMAP will require updated rate methodology. For 1915(c) waivers, states are required to submit a waiver amendment for any rate methodology change except as permitted through Appendix K flexibilities.
Waivers impacted by this amendment are: Community Choices (CC) (SC.0405); Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) (SC.0284); HIV/AIDS (SC.0186); Intellectual Disability/Related Disabilities (ID/RD) (SC.0237); Mechanical Ventilator Dependent (Vent) (SC.40181); and Medically Complex Children (MCC) (SC.0675).
The Community Supports (CS) (SC.0676) waiver is being renewed with a proposed effective date of July 1, 2022.
Following is a summary of changes included in the proposed waiver amendments:
- 1915(c) waivers are being amended to increase payment rates for the following waiver services:
|Service||Affected Waiver(s)||Existing Rate||New Rate||Effective Date|
|$3.17/15 min||$4.05/15 min||July 1, 2021|
|Adult Day Health Care|
|$56.40/day||$60/day||Oct. 1, 2021|
|Residential Habilitation (Daily)||ID/RD||$196.99/day||$204.78/day||July 1, 2021|
|Residential Habilitation (Daily)|
July 1, 2021
Jan. 1, 2022
|Home Delivered Meals|
|$5.23/meal||$6.40/meal||March 1, 2022|
Care coordination contact: $28/15 min.
Care coordination visit: $45/15 min.
Care advocate contact: $15/15 min.
Care coordination contact: $33/15 min.
Care coordination visit: $54/15 min.
Care advocate contact: $18/15 min.
|Jan. 1, 2022|
|Day Services (Day Activity, Career Preparation, Community Services, Employment Services Group)|
HASCI (excluding Community Services for HASCI)
|$31.29/half-day||$36.93/half-day||Jan. 1, 2022|
|In-Home Support||CS||$13.31/hour||$16.20/hour||Jan. 1, 2022|
|Employment Services (Individual)|
|$21.95/15 min.||$24.74/15 min.||Jan. 1, 2022|
|Attendant Care (U1/UAP)||HASCI||$4.01/15 min.||$4.05/15 min.||Jan. 1, 2022|
|Waiver Case Management, Transitional Waiver Case Management – with Travel|
|$25.42/15 min.||$27.28/15 min.||Jan. 1, 2022|
|Waiver Case Management, Transitional Waiver Case Management – without Travel|
|$15.63/15 min.||$16.77/15 min.||Jan. 1, 2022|
|Personal Care I|
|$14/hour||$14.80/hour||July 1, 2022|
|Personal Care II|
|$18.40/hour||$19.40/hour||July 1, 2022|
|$9.50/hour||$14.50/hour||July 1, 2022|
|$7.71/hour||$12.80/hour||July 1, 2022|
|$11.88/hour||$16.20/hour||July 1, 2022|
|$37.40/hour||$39.40/hour||July 1, 2022|
|$28.30/hour||$29.80/hour||July 1, 2022|
2. 1915(c) waivers are being amended to change the rate methodology in Appendix I, Section I-2-a (rate determination methods). The change will indicate that funds from Section 9817 of the ARPA will be temporarily utilized for activities approved in SCDHHS’ ARPA spending plan.
3. The CS waiver is being renewed with a proposed effective date of July 1, 2022. The individual cost limit and identified changes made in the ID/RD waiver renewal will be incorporated in this renewal.
4. The HASCI waiver will be amended to include the Employment-Group waiver service. Changes made in the ID/RD waiver renewal will be incorporated in the amendment including updates to service definitions, including transition to residential habilitation tiers of service, updates to rate methodology, and addition of services (independent living skills, remote supports).
Current waiver participants will not be adversely impacted.
These changes to the waivers were presented to the SCDHHS Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC) on Feb. 8, 2022, at 1801 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201, and shared during the monthly Indian Health Services conference call on Jan. 26, 2022.
In addition, information regarding the proposed changes in the renewals will be shared with the public during the following webinar:
Webinar: 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Waiver Amendments and CS Waiver Renewal
- Monday, February 28, 2022, 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 3, 2022, 11 a.m.
A copy of this notice and the waiver applications are available at the following locations:
- Electronic access: www.scdhhs.gov (under “Public Notice” and “Waiver” sections)
- SCDHHS central office lobby: 1801 Main Street, Columbia, SC, 29201
- SCDHHS Community Long Term Care (CLTC) regional offices:
620 North Main St, Suite 300
Greenville, SC 29601
2701 Alex Lee Blvd, Suite 200
Florence, SC 29506
101 North Pine St, Suite 405
Spartanburg, SC 29302
1201 Creel St
Conway, SC 29527
617 South Main St
Greenwood, SC 29646
4130 Faber Place Dr, Suite 303
North Charleston, SC 29405
Rock Hill CLTC
454 South Anderson Rd, Suite 11
Rock Hill, SC 29730
3215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Suite H
Anderson, SC 29625
300 Arbor Lake Drive, Suite 900
Columbia, SC 29223
2361 S. Centennial Avenue
Building 2, Suite B
Aiken, SC 29803
191 Regional Pkwy, Building A
Orangeburg, SC 29118
10175 South Jacob Smart Blvd
Ridgeland, SC 29936
30 Wesmark Ct
Sumter, SC 29150
Public Comments and Responses:
If you have a question or comment, please send it to the following email or mailing address prior to March 28, 2022:
Mail: Attention: Mark Collins
Office of Waiver and Facility Services
Post Office Box 8206
Columbia, SC 29202-8206
Any written comments submitted may be reviewed by the public at SCDHHS, Office of Waiver and Facility Services, 1801 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201 from Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.