Home-Based Care Providers Fear They’re Being Squeezed Out of Medicaid

Posted Saturday, June 5, 2021

New York’s final budget for 2020 budget contains a Medicaid policy provision is raising concern among home-based care providers and advocates.  They are joining forces in asking for the provision to be overturned.

The Medicaid policy issue is that the state authorized the New York Department of Health to control what home-based care providers could be in the state’s Medicaid program.

“A Request for Offers (RFO) process forced home care providers — even ones that had existed for years — to apply for selection to continue providing services under Medicaid. That included agencies already licensed by the state to provide these services.

“This authorizes an arbitrary, unilateral role for the Department of Health to cut home care through the issuance of a licensed home care services agency [RFO],” Kevin Kerwin, the VP of public policy at New York State Association of Health Care Providers (HCP), said during a press conference Tuesday.”

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