Posted Saturday, April 10, 2021

Medicaid programs have received a major bump in funding for vital home- and community-based services (HCBS) because of the American Rescue Pan that began on April 1st.  The provision raises the federal matching rate for Medicaid HCBS spending by 10% from April 1 of 2021 through March 31 of next year.

The increase is designed to help HCBS operators expand their services, attract workers, and take on more clients. Home care providers and some experts have brought questions about the applicability of the new law.

“There’s been a lot of interest among Democrats on the hill — and even some Republicans — to expand [home- and community-based services],” Howard Gleckman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and all-around aging expert, told Home Health Care News. “I think that this is just accelerating what was already a pre-COVID trend and making it more aggressive.”

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