PAR Mail 2018-101 | June 5, 2018
Ask Congress to Delay EVV One Year
ANCOR and PAR are resending the message below because the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have  responded to ANCOR and PAR's advocacy by introducing H.R. 5912 and S. 2897.

These are companion bills which delay EVV implementation by one year.   P lease take action today  to email your members of Congress and ask them to support these important bills.

The sponsors of HR 5912 are currently asking other U.S. Representatives to join as co-sponsors so this is a strategic time for you to take action!

Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) is causing a lot of uncertainty among people with disabilities and the providers of supports and services on which they rely. The good news is that you can be part of the solution in one easy step!

The Ask:

If you have any difficulties with the email tool, please contact Doris Parfaite-Claude, Federal Advocacy and Research Manager, at .

The Details:

The newly introduced EVV delay bill gives states an additional year to implement EVV, having it take effect on January 1, 2020 instead of January 1, 2019. It also requires that the federal government give stakeholders and the general public notice of the rule and a chance to comment on it.

In late 2016, Congress had ordered states to install EVV systems as a way of preventing fraud in Medicaid as part of the 21 st  Century Cures Act, but many challenges arose after the bill passed.

This is partially due to CMS not releasing guidance on the EVV statute until May 2018, leaving states in the dark for a full 18 months following passage of the EVV law. Even despite CMS' recent guidance, many concerns remain about which disability supports and services are required to comply with the rule. Additionally, because there has been little stakeholder input, questions remain unanswered about privacy, costs and other aspects of compliance.

We need Congress to step in and give everyone more time to make sure EVV is done the right way. Learn more at  ANCOR's EVV Resources and Action Center .

Please  lend your voice  to this important effort!