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Comment on DPW Act 22 Regulations
February 23, 2012

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) raised concern with the publication of the Regulatory Agenda in the February 11 Pennsylvania Bulletin (PAB). The Regulatory Agenda identified several regulations that were to be published as final-omitted regulations in April under authority of Act 22 expedited rulemaking. With great anticipation, PCPA staff and others reviewed the required notices in the February 18 PAB and found little of substance for comment. At the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee meeting February 23, DPW representatives announced that regulations would be posted on the DPW web site February 24 for review and comment by March 9.

Some of the draft regulations identified for comment include requirements related to Office of Developmental Programs Home and Community-Based Services and 55 Pa. Code Chapter 6211, Office of Long Term Living Home and Community-Based Services, Medical Assistance copayments, and changes to Pharmaceutical Services Payment Methodology. Members are encouraged to review the draft regulations and provide comment by March 9. Instructions for comment should be included with the draft regulations that can be found through a link on the DPW web site.  Please share a copy of any comments submitted to DPW with Linda Drummond (linda@paproviders.org) and/or Betty Simmonds (betty@paproviders.org).

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