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Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS )
The Federal agency that administers the Federal Medicaid Programs including the Medicaid Waivers.

Prioritization of Urgency of Needs for Services (PUNS)
A questionnaire your Supports Coordinator completes with you either in person or by phone (if requested by you) when you identify unmet needs. This questionnaire is non-biased and determines your category of need for services. This also helps the state to plan and budget for people on the waiting list. There are 3 possible categories that you can be placed in depending on the answers to the questions

  • Emergency- need for service is immediate
  • Critical-need for service is with the next year
  • Planning-need for service is within 5 years

If your needs change, contact your Supports Coordinator to update your PUNS.