Understanding Medicaid Home and Community Services: A Primer, 2010 Edition. Websites


The following websites provide information about Medicaid, long-term care services and supports, or home and community services. This list is not inclusive of all the resources available on the Internet, but provides a good starting point for finding information.

Federal Government

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
: Links to Programs and Information
Web address: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/default.asp

Specific: Links to Regulations and Guidance

  1. Program transmittals are used to communicate new or changed policies and/or procedures that are being incorporated into a specific CMS program manual. The cover page (or transmittal page) summarizes the new changed material, specifying what is changed. Available at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Transmittals/

  2. The CMS Online Manual System is used by CMS programs, partners, contractors, and State Survey Agencies to administer CMS programs. It offers day-to-day operating instructions, policies, procedures based on statutes and regulations, guidelines, models, and directives. In 2003, CMS transformed the CMS Program Manuals into a web user-friendly presentation and renamed it the CMS Online Manual System. Available at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Manuals/01_Overview.asp

  3. Paper-based manuals are CMS manuals that were officially released in hardcopy. The majority of these manuals were transferred into the Internet-only manual or retired from the manual. The State Medicaid Manual is still an active paper-based manual. Available at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Manuals/PBM/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filter ByDID=-99&sortByDID=1&sortOrder=ascending&itemID=CMS021927&intNumPerPage=10

  4. The State Medicaid Director and State Health Official letters are used to provide states with guidance and clarification on current information pertaining to Medicaid policy, Medicaid data issues, and State Children’s Health Insurance Program policy. The intent of these letters is not to establish policy, but to ensure consistency and better serve the states. Available at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/SMDL/

  5. CMS maintains a database of every state’s approved waiver applications under various authorities, for example, §1915(c),§1915(b), and §1115. Users can access fact sheets, copies of proposals, approval letters, and other documents related to specific programs. Available at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicaidStWaivProgDemoPGI/08_WavMap.asp

Administration on Aging, Home & Community Based Long-Term Care
Web address: http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/HCLTC/index.aspx

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation, Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
Web address: http://aspe.hhs.gov/_/office_specific/daltcp.cfm

State Associations, Other Associations, and Foundations

American Public Human Services Association
Web address: http://www.aphsa.org/Home/home_news.asp

Kaiser Family Foundation
Web address: http://www.kff.org

National Academy for State Health Policy
Web address: http://www.nashp.org/

National Association of State Medicaid Directors
Web address: http://www.nasmd.org/Home/home_news.asp

National Association of State Mental Health Directors
Web address: http://www.nasmhpd.org/

National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
Web address: http://www.nasddds.org/index.shtml

National Conference of State Legislatures
Web address: http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=14489

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Web address: http://www.rwjf.org/

State and Local Governments on the Web
Web address: http://www.statelocalgov.net/

The Clearinghouse for Home and Community Based Services promotes the development and expansion of home and community services by gathering resources and tools for research, policymaking, and program development into this one-stop website. The site has over 2,000 resources that users can browse using the site’s search engine.
Web address: http://www.hcbs.org

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