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CMS expands popular home and community-based program

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is funding five additional states and territories to expand access to home and community-based services through Medicaid’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program.

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New website helps states share home and community-based services, plus how to report on this topic

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new “one-stop-shop” for state Medicaid agencies and stakeholders to improve transparency and encourage innovation for home and community-based services (HCBS).

HCBS allow people enrolled in Medicaid to receive services and support in a preferred setting outside of an institution, such as in their home. While Medicaid law requires states to cover nursing facilities and other institutional care, it does not require them to cover the full range of HCBS. States must apply for HCBS waivers to provide these services in the home environment.

This new webpage grants state Medicaid agencies and stakeholders access to other states’ plans or proposals to enhance, expand, and strengthen these services across the country using new Medicaid funding under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). (The landing page is very text-heavy; you can find individual state plans by scrolling down towards the bottom of that page).

Journalists can tap into this resource to hold states and agencies accountable
for delivering promised services.

Some key information available on this website includes: 

  • Each state’s initial spending plan and narrative; CMS approval status and response.
  • A Home and Community Based Settings Toolkit to assist states develop Home and Community-Based 1915(c) waivers or renewal application(s).
  • Detailed guidelines from on how American Rescue Plans funds can be used.
  • Information about aging and aging services in rural America.

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