House GOPers Express Concern to CMS with Medicaid Access Rule

Posted Thursday, August 24, 2023

On Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 21 Republicans in the House of Representatives sent a letter to CMS expressing concerns with the 80-20 provision in the Medicaid Access proposed rule. The provision would require that at least 80 percent of all Medicaid payments for homemaker, home health aide, and personal care services be spent on direct compensation to workers.

The letter cites likely unintended consequences of the rule, including reducing access to care and limiting the resources available for quality oversight and improvement activities, stating, “While well-intentioned, we believe this 80 percent threshold will ultimately lead to reduced access and lower quality. Therefore, we ask that you forego adopting this provision of the rule and preserve the flexibilities that states have long held in being able to set their own Medicaid reimbursement rates.”

Click here to read the letter.

Source: NAHC

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