Reimbursement Now Available Through the State of Minnesota Medicaid Waiver Program
In 2018, Crescent Cove will begin to access reimbursement to cover respite care when serving children enrolled in the State of Minnesota Medicaid Waiver Program, often times referred to as Medical Assistance. More than 500,000 Minnesota children receive health care through this program.
In 2016, with the leadership of State Representative Nick Zerwas and State Senator John Hoffman, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation that allowed the Crescent Cove Respite & Hospice Home for Kids to be licensed under the existing residential hospice facility license in order to serve children and young adults. This step then allowed the Minnesota Department of Human Services to make arrangements for reimbursement when Crescent Cove provides respite care to children with a shortened life expectancy enrolled in Medicaid Assistance. In early 2018, those arrangements were approved by the Federal Government and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, opening the doors for Crescent Cove to access reimbursement for respite stays at our Respite & Hospice Home for Kids.
We are thrilled with this development and are looking forward to serving children and their families at the Home, no matter their ability to pay.
This type of advocacy work would not have been possible without our team, including Board Member Brian Osberg and friend Tom Freeman, as we are helping change the healthcare funding landscape for our kids and families.