The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded $26.5 million over three years to help individuals with disabilities and the elderly to live in their communities.
New Hampshire is the first state to apply for and receive federal funds under the Affordable Care Act's Balancing Incentive Program, designed to shift spending from institutional services and expand home and community-based services, provide a single-point of entry and make other structural changes by providing higher federal Medicaid matching funds. The law made available up to $3 billion in federal matching funds during the balancing incentive period: October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2015.
States that spent less than 25 percent of their total Medicaid long-term services and supports spending on home and community-based services in FY 2009 may receive a five percent FMAP increase and must target spending at 25 percent of their Medicaid long-term services and supports spending on HCBS by October 1, 2015. All other states that spent less than 50 percent of their Medicaid long-term care dollars on HCBS may receive a two percent FMAP increase and must target 50 percent of spending on HCBS by October 1, 2015.
Acting CMS administrator stated: "We hope other states will follow New Hampshire's lead in seeking this new grant money to expand community services and supports."
ANCOR encourages its members to urge their state to apply for these Balancing Incentive Program grant funds.