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Replace FMAP with Medicaid funding system that better accounts for seniors, government report says

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The federal government could distribute Medicaid dollars to states more effectively by looking at data that better reflects the needs of nursing home residents and workers, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

HHS issues final rule on federal payment rates for new Medicaid beneficiaries

HHS issues final rule on federal payment rates for new Medicaid beneficiaries

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The federal government will pay 100% of the Medicaid costs for certain newly eligible beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed in a final rule last Friday.

GAO: Congress should increase federal Medicaid matching rates

Congress should consider temporarily increasing Medicaid's Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) formula to help beleaguered state budgets, a new report suggests.

Report: States will see drop in Medicaid match rate in FY 2013

Most states can expect a dip in their federal match rate for Medicaid in fiscal year 2013, according to a new report from the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

Providers, states, policy makers face tough decisions over expiration of matching Medicaid funding

Today is the first day without Medicaid's extended, inflated matching pay rates of the last two years, a scenario that has state officials and providers worrying about what will come next. The bigger FMAP rates were part of the 2009 stimulus package. Originally, the extra pay was to end in December 2010, but then it was continued, on a declining basis, through Thursday. Some policy wonks are suggesting the rates simply be extended, with states paying back Uncle Sam when their economies recover. Budget hawks, meanwhile, have resisted efforts to extend the more generous rates. Providers are concerned about ever tighter Medicaid funding and are lobbying their respective lawmakers about it. Medicaid is the single largest payer of nursing home services in the United States.

GAO: States to spend most of initial FMAP increase

State Medicaid programs are on track to spend roughly 94% of additional Medicaid funding from the 2009 stimulus package, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Congress pulls through on Medicaid bill

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You have to give credit where it's due. Congress deserves kudos this week for passing legislation that will extend much-needed Medicaid funding to states.

President signs bill providing more Medicaid funding to states

President signs bill providing more Medicaid funding to states

President Obama Tuesday signed a bill sending $26.1 billion in aid, including $16.1 billion in Medicaid relief, to states.

House poised to vote today on enhanced Medicaid funding bill

House poised to vote today on enhanced Medicaid funding bill

Members of the House of Representatives are expected to vote today in a special session to extend Medicaid assistance to states through the first six months of 2011.

House needs to pass Medicaid legislation for nursing home residents

House needs to pass Medicaid legislation for nursing home residents

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Medicaid funding cuts threaten the quality of life nursing home residents deserve.

Long-term care community cheers passage of Medicaid extension legislation

Long-term care community cheers passage of Medicaid extension legislation

Long-term care leaders on Thursday praised the Senate for approving an extension of enhanced Medicaid assistance to cash-strapped states.

Senate to vote on FMAP funding bill today

Senate to vote on FMAP funding bill today

The Senate voted Wednesday to end debate on a bill that would extend $16.1 billion in Medicaid assistance to states in 2011. The chamber is set to vote today on the package.

Senate tables vote on Medicaid bill

The Senate Monday opted to delay a vote on a Medicaid and education package because it was not fully paid for.

Senators plan to vote this week on bill extending Medicaid assistance to states

Senators plan to vote this week on bill extending Medicaid assistance to states

The Senate is expected to vote this week on legislation that would provide $26.1 billion in education funding and Medicaid assistance to states.

Congress slow to act on Medicaid funding

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It must be summer. How do I know? Congress is dragging its heels on an important piece of legislative business.

AARP warns Congress against inaction on Medicaid funding

AARP warns Congress against inaction on Medicaid funding

The powerful seniors' lobbying group AARP has entered the debate over extended Medicaid funding for states. It sent a letter to every member of Congress pushing for approval of the funds.

Medicaid enhancement provision likely to stay in extenders bill

Medicaid enhancement provision likely to stay in extenders bill

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.

AHCA to keep on truckin' for Medicaid assistance

The Senate's failure to pass Medicaid relief just has further revved up the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living for their "Driving for Quality Care" RV tour. It starts on Tuesday.

Senate rejects Medicaid extension bill, House OKs temporary doc fix

Senate rejects Medicaid extension bill, House OKs temporary doc fix

Senate Republicans Thursday succeeded in blocking a bill that would extend federal Medicaid assistance to states and reinstate jobless benefits.

Road trip for Medicaid relief

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The American Health Care Association is hitting the road on Tuesday. That's when the association is kicking off its 40-state Driving for Quality RV Tour.

Senate proposal would extend an increase in Medicaid funding—but reduce the increase

Senate proposal would extend an increase in Medicaid funding—but reduce the increase

A compromise proposal introduced in the Senate Tuesday could provide states with some extra Medicaid money—just not as much as they have hoped for.

Medicaid funding for states still in play after last week's defeats

Medicaid funding for states still in play after last week's defeats

Despite back-to-back defeats on the measure, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he has no plans to table debate on an extenders bill containing nearly $25 billion in additional Medicaid funds for states.

Senate readies for vote on FMAP amendment

Senate readies for vote on FMAP amendment

Senators this week are expected to vote on an amendment that would extend the increase in the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) until the end of next June.

AHCA poll: 62% support extending federal Medicaid funds

A new poll released Thursday by the American Health Care Association suggests strong public support for extending federal Medicaid funding.

Providers press for extension of Medicaid increase

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FMAP. FMAP. FMAP. That was the theme of today's congressional briefing session at the American Health Care Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C.

House passes bill that delays physician pay cuts, fails to extend Medicaid increase

House passes bill that delays physician pay cuts, fails to extend Medicaid increase

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.

House, Senate set to vote this week on bill that would repeal RUG-IV delay, extend Medicaid funding increase

House, Senate set to vote this week on bill that would repeal RUG-IV delay, extend Medicaid funding increase

Congress is expected to vote this week on a bill that would restore the original implementation date for version four of the Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs) payment system.

Nursing home advocates join call for extended Medicaid funding for states

Nursing home advocates join call for extended Medicaid funding for states

Two long-term care leaders, along with nearly all U.S. governors, have joined a majority of members of the House of Representatives in urging congressional leaders to extend a temporary increase in the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP).

Senate passes bill extending FMAP, therapy caps exceptions process

Senate passes bill extending FMAP, therapy caps exceptions process

The Senate Wednesday passed a pivotal bill that would extend for six months the temporary increase in states Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). It also would extend the Medicare Part B therapy caps exceptions process through Dec. 31, and delay a 21% Medicare payment cut for physicians until Oct. 1.

Senate Dems join call for state Medicaid funding extension

Senate Dems join call for state Medicaid funding extension

Senate Democrats sent a letter to Harry Reid (D-NV) requesting that the majority leader include a six-month extension of state Medicaid assistance in his new healthcare stopgap legislation.