What is Appendix K?
Appendix K was made to create temporary changes to HCBS waiver rules in Colorado during the Public Health Emergency (PHE). These adjustments were made to allow more Colorado families to access services with safety precautions in mind while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes were made to create safer, more controlled environments in which care could be delivered. This included changes that involved more virtual options, less frequent in-home interaction with non-family members, and more.
While some of these changes were chosen to remain permanent beyond the PHE, there are some key flexibilities that will no longer be available as of November 11th, 2023. Please review the changes being made on this date and the waiver programs that will be affected.
UPDATE 10/11/23: We are excited to announce that some key flexibilities that were originally intended to end on November 11th, 2023, will now be available through October 2024. There is a likelihood that these changes may become permanently available as well. PASCO is looking forward to these changes and continuing to allow more families receive expanded services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the HCPF memo here.
Appendix K Changes Available Through October 10, 2024
These Appendix K modifications will remain available to families. There is the possibility of these changes becoming permanently enshrined.
Source: Colorado Dept. of Health Care & Financing. (2023). Unwinding Appendix K Flexibilities. Retrieved from: https://hcpf.colorado.gov/
Appendix K Changes That No Longer Be Available
These Appendix K modifications will no longer be available due to the end of the Public Health Emergency. This will be effective November 11, 2023.
Source: Colorado Dept. of Health Care & Financing. (2023). Continuation of Appendix K Flexibilities. Retrieved from: https://hcpf.colorado.gov/
We understand that navigating these changes in Medicaid rules can be overwhelming to navigate. If you have any questions regarding Appendix K changes or the Public Health Emergency, please do not hesitate to reach out! Our knowledgable team is here to help.