Stimulus Package

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.

House presses for extension of state Medicaid assistance

House presses for extension of state Medicaid assistance

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.

HHS releases stimulus funds to help seniors fight chronic conditions

HHS releases stimulus funds to help seniors fight chronic conditions

The Department of Health and Human Services this week released $27 million in stimulus package grants for state programs to help seniors manage chronic conditions.

States spend more on Medicaid than expected so far this fiscal year, Kaiser report finds

States spend more on Medicaid than expected so far this fiscal year, Kaiser report finds

The economic downturn has negatively affected nearly every state budget and Medicaid program, according to a new report from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Nursing homes, others urge Congress to extend FMAP increase until mid-2011

Nursing homes, others urge Congress to extend FMAP increase until mid-2011

Hundreds of groups, including the American Health Care Association, recently signed a letter asking congressional leaders to extend until at least June 30, 2011, the temporary increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP).

States' belt tightening worsens Medicaid shortfalls to nursing homes

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Nursing homes have been a casualty of this recession. That is clear from the newly released study about Medicaid rates from accounting firm Eljay LLC.

Medicaid expected to underpay nursing homes this year by $14.17 per patient day

Nursing homes will face Medicaid underfunding in 2009 by a projected $14.17 per Medicaid patient day. That totals $4.7 billion for the year, according to a new report from accounting firm Eljay LLC.