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Rules, Policies, Procedures & Guidance Documents

What are Administrative Rules?

Generally, administrative rules elaborate the requirements of a law or policy. The laws passed by the Vermont State Legislature do not go into detail about how the law is to be applied and enforced, or about the procedures to be used. This is the role of executive departments and agencies, which promulgate and administer rules and regulations that govern how the law will be carried out. Administrative rules and regulations found on this site are officially promulgated by the Vermont Agency of Human Services and have the force and effect of law.

Click on the links below to find more information about current and proposed rules relating to each department and available health care services.

    AHS Rules:

    • Health Care Rules: Find more information about current and proposed rules for Medicaid, including general provisions, eligibility and enrollment, covered services, benefit delivery, reimbursement, specialized services, beneficiary rights, provider responsibilities, and other health care programs.
    • Human Services Board Fair Hearing Rules: The Human Services Board's duties are to act as a fair hearing board for appeals brought by individuals who are aggrieved by decisions or policies of the various departments and programs throughout the Agency of Human Services.
    • Refugee Medical Assistance Rules: The purpose of Refugee Medical Assistance is to help in the effective resettlement of refugees, and to assist them in achieving economic self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) is authorized by the Refugee Act of 1980 and the accompanying regulations in 45CFR Part 400, and Title IV, Chapter 2 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. §1522(e)).

    Department for Children and Families Rules

    Department of Corrections Rules

    Health Care Rules

    Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living Rules

    Department of Mental Health Rules

    Vermont Department of Health Rules

    What are Procedures and Guidance Documents?

    Procedures and guidance documents can include general policies of an agency (outlined below) and other written documents used by an agency that affect the public. These documents may include the agency’s interpretation of law, approach to the law, or descriptions of how the agency’s discretionary functions are exercised.

    • AHS & AOE Interagency Agreement, IDEA Part B: This agreement between the Agency of Human Services (AHS) and the Agency of Education (AOE) outlines the provision of and funding for services for students eligible for both special education and services provided by AHS and its member departments, including, coordination of services, financial responsibility, conditions and terms of reimbursement, and resolution of interagency disputes, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  
    • Process to Assess Transfer of Nursing Home Ownership: As an interim process the Agency of Human Services has put the above process that supplants the Certificate of Need (CON) process that was previously conducted by the Green Mountain Care Board and is in effect as of July 1, 2018.

    What are General Policies?

    Workplace policies are a set of rules and principles that aim to guide employees in how to behave in the workplace. Policies are designed to influence and determine major decisions and actions and all activities take place within the boundaries set by them. Policies are important as they help clarify the standards expected of employees and help employers manage staff effectively as policies define what is acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace.

    General OperationsFinance, Management, BudgetInformation Management Human ResourcesInformation Technology and Electronic CommunicationsPublic Records RequestsContracts |

    01 General Operations Policies

    02 Finance, Management, Budget Policies

    03 Information Management

    04 Human Resources Policies

    05 Information Technology and Electronic Communications Policies

    06 Public Records Requests Policies

    08 Contracts