Congressional report explains FMAP proposals

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Amid calls to extend the temporary federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) increase, the Congressional Research Service has released a report examining the various proposals that would affect the FMAP.

The report explains the FMAP and details how the president's fiscal year 2011 budget proposal, as well as how House and Senate versions of healthcare reform would affect state Medicaid programs. The House provisions, if adopted, would extend the temporary 6.2% FMAP increase from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) through June 30, 2011. In his FY 2011 budget proposal, unveiled last week, President Obama also called for that extension. The temporary increase is currently scheduled to end Dec 31, 2010. Extending the increase amounts to roughly $23.5 billion.

The Senate currently does not have plans to extend the FMAP increase with its healthcare reform proposal, according to the CRS report, entitled “Medicaid: Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP).” More information on how to obtain a copy of the report can be found online at www.opencrs.com.