On April 26, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced two new opportunities in Medicaid and Medicare made possible by the Affordable Care Act that will facilitate people receiving care and services in their communities rather than in hospitals or nursing homes.
HHS finalized the Community First Choice Option rule, a new state plan option under Medicaid, which provides a six percentage point increase in federal Medicaid matching funds for providing community-based services and supports to states that choose to participate.
Additionally, HHS announced the participants in the Independence at Home Demonstration program, which will provide chronically-ill Medicare beneficiaries a complete range of in-home primary care services.
HHS is currently seeking comments on a proposed rule that describes a separate home and community-based services (HCBS) state plan option. This benefit will make it easier for states to provide Medicaid coverage for HCBS. The deadline for comments on the proposed rule will be 30 days from its publication in the Federal Register.