Medicaid Beneficiaries May Soon Be Able To Direct Their Own Personal Assistance Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final rule that will allow more Medicaid beneficiaries to be in control of their own personal assistance services. This rule, appearing in the Federal Register on October 3, 2008, provides guidance to states that want to administer self-directed personal assistance services (“PAS”) through their state plans as authorized by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

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