Federal Medical Assistance Percentage
Congress should consider temporarily increasing Medicaid's Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) formula to help beleaguered state budgets, a new report suggests.
The Senate voted 60-40 Tuesday to end debate on a tax extenders bill, H.R. 4213. It is expected to approve the bill today.
A congressional measure that would extend by six months a temporary increase in Medicaid assistance to states will remain part of a tax extenders bill. That will occur contrary to rumors that the provision will be introduced as a stand-alone bill, according to news reports from Washington.
The House Friday adopted a jobs bill that delays for 19 months a 21.2% cut to Medicare physician reimbursements but does not extend a much hoped-for Medicaid increase.
A narrow majority of members of the House of Representatives is urging House leaders to extend a temporary increase in the federal medical assistance percentage, which helps fund nursing homes and other Medicaid programs.
The Department of Health and Human Services on Monday finalized the adjusted federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) matching rates for state Medicaid programs for the third and fourth quarters of fiscal year 2009.