July 14, 2021

Florida seeks $1.1B in federal funding to expand Medicaid home-based services [The Center Square]

John Haughey writes:

"(The Center Square) – The DeSantis administration is seeking an additional $1.1 billion in federal Medicaid dollars available under the American Rescue Plan over the next two years for home- and community-based services (HCBSs) that serve nearly 110,000 Floridians.

Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, confirmed Tuesday the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) submitted its proposal Monday night to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow the state to draw a 10 percentage-point increase in Medicaid funds.


The Florida Health Justice Project, Disability Rights Florida and Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added] submitted a letter last week to the Governor’s Office with more than 420 signatures calling on the state to request the money as a “transformational chance to fix a huge problem.”


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