Issue Date: January 18, 2019
Volume 46 • Issue 2 • Page 62-64
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Subtitle 12 ADULT HEALTH
Supports for Working Individuals with Disabilities Program
Authority: Ch. 447, Acts
Notice of Proposed
Secretary of Health proposes to adopt new Regulations .01—.10 under
a new chapter, COMAR 10.12.06 Increased Supports for Working
Individuals with Disabilities Program.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this action is to outline the eligibility, covered
health care services, and other components of the State-funded demonstration
program, as required by Ch. 447, Acts of 2018. The demonstration program will
provide health care services limited to private duty nursing services for a
limited number of eligible individuals who are enrolled in Maryland Medical
Assistance through the Employed Individuals with Disabilities program.
Comparison to Federal
There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed
Estimate of Economic
I. Summary of Economic Impact. The proposed action has an economic impact of
$162,500 in State general fund expenditures to the Department in FY2019. The
cost for a full year in FY2020 will not exceed $500,000. The Department is
structuring the demonstration program so the cost of services provided under
the program will not exceed the budgeted amount.
II. Types of Economic Impact.
A. On issuing agency:
B. On other State agencies:
C. On local governments:
D. On regulated industries or
E. On other industries or trade
F. Direct and indirect effects on
Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter
and Number from Section II.)
The program is a new pilot program which will provide health services not
covered under the Medicaid State plan. Non-Medicaid State funds must be
utilized to support these services for individuals with disabilities. The
funding will cover the cost of administering the program and reimbursement to
Agencies that manage nurses (RN, LPN) who provide direct care in the
community will be reimbursed using the same hourly rates that Medicaid has
established for these services. However, the total amount of funding to be
expended on reimbursement is still to be determined because there is no
expenditure history for this new pilot program. A portion of the total
program funding will be used to administer it.
Economic Impact on Small
The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small
Impact on Individuals
The proposed action has an impact on individuals with disabilities
The “Increased Supports for Working Individuals with Disabilities
Program” is a 3-year demonstration program that will use State-only funds to
provide private duty nursing services in the community for a limited number of
eligible individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in the Maryland Medical
Assistance under the Employed Individuals with Disabilities program. For
individuals for whom private duty nursing services are not covered under the
Maryland Medicaid State Plan, this demonstration program will provide medically
necessary supports to allow the participants to maintain their employment.
Opportunity for Public
Comments may be sent to Jake Whitaker, Acting Director, Office of
Regulation and Policy Coordination, Maryland Department of Health, 201 West
Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY
800-735-2258), or email to email@example.com, or fax to 410-767-6483.
Comments will be accepted through February 19, 2019. A public hearing has not
.01 Scope and Effective
A. The Increased Supports for Working Individuals with
Disabilities Program is a State demonstration program established within the
Maryland Department of Health to provide private duty nursing services in the
community for individuals:
(1) Enrolled in the Maryland Medical Assistance Program as
employed individuals with disabilities; and
(2) Who meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in Regulation
.03 of this chapter.
B. This demonstration program is in effect for a period of 3 years
beginning June 1, 2018, through May 31, 2021.
A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings
B. Terms Defined.
(1) “Department” means the Maryland Department of Health.
(2) “Employed Individuals with Disabilities” has the meaning
stated in COMAR 10.09.41.02C.
(3) “Employment” means the condition of having paid work.
(4) “Evaluation” means a determination of the health status of a
participant in a participant’s home or any other appropriate setting by a
licensed professional for the purpose of determining the medical necessity and
quantity of private duty nursing services that will promote optimal functional
ability for the participant.
(5) “Medical Assistance” means the program administered by the
State under Title XIX of the Social Security Act which provides comprehensive
medical and other health-related care for categorically eligible and medically
(6) “Medically necessary” has the meaning stated in COMAR
(7) “Private duty nursing” has the meaning stated in COMAR
(8) “Program” means the Increased Supports for Working Individuals
with Disabilities Program, which is the demonstration program to provide
private duty nursing services for certain individuals, which is:
(a) Authorized under this chapter;
(b) Funded entirely through State general funds; and
(c) Administered by the Department.
(9) “Secretary” means the Secretary of Health or the Secretary’s
A. General Requirements.
(1) A participant enrolled in the Program shall meet the
conditions §§B and C of this regulation.
(2) A participant’s eligibility for services under the Program
shall be reevaluated by the Department every 12 months or more frequently if
needed due to a significant change in the participant’s condition, needs, or
(3) A participant shall first seek coverage for services available
under Medical Assistance, Medicare, or other insurer.
B. Technical Eligibility. A participant shall be:
(1) Enrolled in the Medical Assistance Employed Individuals with
(2) At least 21 years old or older, but younger than 65 years old;
(3) Employed for an average of at least 20 hours a week.
C. Medical Eligibility. A participant shall:
(1) Be determined by the Department to need the level of care
provided in a nursing facility as defined by the Department;
(2) Need medically necessary private duty nursing services in
order to allow the participant to live in the community and to maintain employment;
(3) Have one or more of the qualifying conditions as outlined in
the Medical Assistance Rare and Expensive Case Management program under COMAR
D. A participant’s enrollment in the Program shall be terminated
if the participant:
(1) No longer meets the eligibility requirements in §§B and C of
(2) Is without services for 30 consecutive days;
(3) Voluntarily chooses to disenroll from the Program;
(4) Moves to another state.
E. A participant shall notify the Department within 10 working
days of changes that may affect eligibility.
.04 Application Process.
A. The application review process shall be based on a first-come,
B. The application process may include:
(1) Review of medical records; and
(2) A nursing evaluation.
C. The Department shall give the applicant written
notice of the decision to approve or deny Program services.
.05 Covered Services.
A. The Program may cover private duty nursing services:
(1) Not covered by Medical Assistance, another insurer, or any
other State or federal program; and
(2) Medically necessary as determined by a nursing evaluation
conducted by the Department.
B. A participant’s eligibility for services covered under the
Program shall be reevaluated by the Department every 12 months or more
(1) If needed due to a change in the participant’s clinical
(2) If one or more of the conditions in Regulation .03D of this
chapter are met.
C. The Department shall provide the participant written
notice of the reevaluation decision.
D. The services provided under the Program may not supplant or
augment services covered under Medical Assistance.
.06 Conditions for
A. A provider of services under the Program:
(1) Shall be approved and enrolled as a provider in the Medical
(2) Shall comply with all State and federal laws and regulations
that are applicable to the services the provider is licensed by the Department
to provide; and
(3) Shall ensure compliance with all the Medical Assistance
provisions under COMAR 10.09.53.03.
B. An immediate family member of the participant or an individual
who ordinarily resides with the participant may not render services under this
The Department shall limit enrollment and services provided based
on available State funding.
.08 Payment Procedures.
The Program shall reimburse a Program provider:
A. Based upon rates established in COMAR 10.09.53.07; and
B. Contingent on submission of documentation required by the
.09 Cause for
Suspension or Removal and Imposition of Sanctions.
Cause for suspension or removal and imposition of sanctions are as
set forth under Medical Assistance regulations under COMAR 10.09.36.08.
.10 Appeal Procedures.
A. An applicant for Program services may file a written appeal of
a denial of Program services with the Secretary.
B. An appeal shall be:
(1) Postmarked, delivered in person, or sent by electronic mail or
facsimile to the Department within 30 days after the applicant receives notice
of the Department’s decision to deny the application for Program services; and
(2) Based only on the grounds that the denial of Program services
C. Notice of the Department’s decision is presumed to have been
received 3 days after the date of the notice.
D. The applicant has the burden of proof by a preponderance of the
evidence in an appeal under this regulation.
E. The Secretary may confer with the applicant before
making a decision on the appeal.
F. The Secretary may uphold the denial, rescind the
denial, or modify the denial of Program services.
G. The decision of the Secretary is the final administrative
ROBERT R. NEALL
Secretary of Health
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464