Electronic Visit Verification Bills
Thanks to the work of advocates, a bill delaying Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for a year was passed in the House on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. This bill calls for a one year implementation delay and for CMS to engage with stakeholders. We’ll keep you posted about what happens next in the Senate.
Previously, on May 22, 2018, a bipartisan bill on Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) was introduced in Congress – H.R. 5912 in the House and S. 2897 in the Senate. The bill would extend the deadline for implementing EVV for personal care services for a year, to January 1, 2020 and require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to engage in formal rule making with notice and comment. On June 6, 2018, another bill proposing a delay, H.R. 6042, was introduced in the House.
A delay is an important step and will give advocates more time to work with Congress, CMS, and the states to address the significant concerns with EVV and its potential impact on people with disabilities.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY) and ask to be connected to your Representative. Ask your House Member to pass an at-least-one-year delay for implementation of EVV.
You can also use this link from the Arc to contact your Member of Congress.
Even with the recently released CMS guidance, there are still a number of important questions about the basic requirements of the EVV program less than eight months before the original January 1, 2019 implementation deadline. Most crucially, a significant delay in implementation is needed to ensure that the privacy and civil rights of people receiving services are protected. States need more time to meaningfully engage stakeholders (as required by the law) and design their EVV system in a way that minimizes the harmful impacts on people with disabilities.
Stakeholders should continue to work with their state, as well as Congress and CMS, to limit the ways the EVV system burdens people receiving personal care services or home health care services and the people providing these services. Please support the bill, ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor it in the Senate or the House, and continue to advocate for a system that prioritizes the needs of the people receiving services.
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