Alaska Statutes.
Title 47. Welfare, Social Services and Institutions
Chapter 7. Medical Assistance For Needy Persons
Section 45. Home and Community-based Services.
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AS 47.07.045. Home and Community-based Services.

(a) The department may provide home and community-based services under a waiver in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 1396 - 1396p (Title XIX, Social Security Act), this chapter, and regulations adopted under this chapter, if the department has received approval from the federal government and the department has appropriations allocated for the purpose. To supplement the standards in (b) of this section, the department shall establish in regulation additional standards for eligibility and payment for the services.

(b) Before the department may terminate payment for services provided under (a) of this section,

(1) the recipient must have had an annual assessment to determine whether the recipient continues to meet the standards under (a) of this section;

(2) the annual assessment must have been reviewed by an independent qualified health care professional under contract with the department; for purposes of this paragraph, "independent qualified health care professional" means,

(A) for a waiver based on mental retardation or developmental disability, a person who is qualified under 42 CFR 483.430 as a mental retardation professional;

(B) for other allowable waivers, a registered nurse licensed under AS 08.68 who is qualified to assess children with complex medical conditions, older Alaskans, and adults with physical disabilities for medical assistance waivers; and

(3) the annual assessment must find that the recipient's condition has materially improved since the previous assessment; for purposes of this paragraph, "materially improved" means that a recipient who has previously qualified for a waiver for

(A) a child with complex medical conditions, no longer needs technical assistance for a life- threatening condition, and is expected to be placed in a skilled nursing facility for less than 30 days each year;

(B) mental retardation or developmental disability, no longer needs the level of care provided by an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded either because the qualifying diagnosis has changed or the recipient is able to demonstrate the ability to function in a home setting without the need for waiver services; or

(C) an older Alaskan or adult with a physical disability, no longer has a functional limitation or cognitive impairment that would result in the need for nursing home placement, and is able to demonstrate the ability to function in a home setting without the need for waiver services.

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