State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) joined a bipartisan majority in the Minnesota House in approving health and human services legislation that restores funding for the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS).

“A top priority from this bill was to restore a seven percent cut to our disability community,” Davids said. “These folks are underpaid as it is and we need a permanent fix.”

Specifically, the proposal would reinstate a looming seven percent cut for home and community-based service (HCBS) providers through DWRS. It would invest money through grants to ensure providers would be made whole as of July 1, 2018, when the seven percent cut takes place, until the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) could approve a new waiver. That new waiver will provide an increase in the base rate formula used to calculate DWRS rates.

In order to make providers whole until the waiver is approved, Davids said the proposal makes available $8 million in transition grants and competitive workforce sustainability grants to HCBS providers who are negatively impacted by the cuts from CMS.

The legislation now heads to the Minnesota Senate for further debate.

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