Governors oppose providers on Grassley economic stimulus package amendment

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Nursing home operators and other providers have some powerful opponents when it comes to at least one key aspect of the economic stimulus bill now in the U.S. Senate: the country's governors. States' top execs have come out against an amendment from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) that would essentially guarantee providers retain existing Medicaid reimbursement rates.

The amendment (A. 387) would require states to retain their current Medicaid provider reimbursement rates if they want to partake in the roughly $85 billion funding package and its rich Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funding. The National Governors Association, however, sent Senators a letter urging them to “reject attempts to further restrict states' eligibility for the enhanced Medicaid FMAP.”

The Senate was to resume debate on the bill this week. Legislative leaders are hoping to pass a Senate bill and reconcile it with a previously approved House version by the end of the week, according to observers. Medicaid is the top single payer of nursing home services in the United States.