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.
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.
Congress should consider temporarily increasing Medicaid's Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) formula to help beleaguered state budgets, a new report suggests.
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.
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.
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.
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 Obama Tuesday signed a bill sending $26.1 billion in aid, including $16.1 billion in Medicaid relief, to states.
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.
Medicaid funding cuts threaten the quality of life nursing home residents deserve.
Long-term care leaders on Thursday praised the Senate for approving an extension of enhanced Medicaid assistance to cash-strapped states.
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.
The Senate Monday opted to delay a vote on a Medicaid and education package because it was not fully paid for.
The Senate is expected to vote this week on legislation that would provide $26.1 billion in education funding and Medicaid assistance to states.
It must be summer. How do I know? Congress is dragging its heels on an important piece of legislative business.
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.
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 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 Republicans Thursday succeeded in blocking a bill that would extend federal Medicaid assistance to states and reinstate jobless benefits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new poll released Thursday by the American Health Care Association suggests strong public support for extending federal Medicaid funding.
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.
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 increaseMay 24, 2010
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.
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).
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 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.