Comprehensive Supports Waiver Renewal 2020
What it is: Every five years, states which provide Medicaid waiver services must reapply to CMS in Washington, D.C. This agency evaluates state proposals to ensure each waiver program will meet federal standards. In 2020, Georgia submitted an application to renew the COMP waiver–but with significant changes. Advocates oppose these changes and are actively working to ensure all waiver recipients get what they need.
Why it’s important: If CMS approves this application, services to people who live in their own homes will be cut and capped. People with higher needs will be forced to move out of their own homes and into congregate settings, like group homes.
What you can do: Write and call your state and US legislators and tell them to tell CMS to decline the application and tell Georgia to find another way.
What it is: SB208 | Georgia 2021-2022 | Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities; fully funded services to individuals on the New Options Waiver (NOW) or Comprehensive Supports Waiver (COMP) waiting list; require | TrackBill
Why it’s important: There are currently around 7000 people with a wide range of disabilities on Georgia’s waiting list for waiver services. Although not everyone needs services immediately, funding is never high enough to meet current needs. One of the reasons DBHDD gave for the proposed COMP cuts is to spend the savings on the waiting list. Advocates believe that all people with disabilities should have their needs met and not at the expense of others. SB208 provides direction to state leaders to plan for and provide services to everyone on the list and prohibits forcing people out of their homes to get the support they need.
What you can do: Build a relationship with your legislators and help them understand why their support of SB208 is critical. Help educate others who may not have knowledge or experience with disability issues. Speak up and use your influence to ensure the right to proper services is afforded every Georgian.