House Lawmakers Include 7.35% Medicaid Boost for HCBS Based Services in Stimulus Proposal

Posted on Monday, February 15, 2021

The House Energy and Commerce Committee proposed some major Medicaid provisions in the relief package making its way through Congress.  If passed, there would be benefits to home-based care.

The legislation includes a two-year, 5% Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) boost for states, it also features a 7.35% rate bump for states to specifically enhance home- and community-based services (HCBS) during the pandemic.

“The legislation provides for flexibility on how state Medicaid programs participate and where to use the additional funding,” Dave Totaro, chairman of the Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care (PMHC), said in a statement shared with Home Health Care News. “PMHC strongly encourages states to work with HCBS stakeholders, including providers, to identify the areas of greatest need for these important resources.”

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