The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021 and provides additional Federal relief to address the continued impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. It is intended, in part, to support states in enhancing services for individuals who are eligible for long-term care and home and community-based services (HCBS), including participants of the Comprehensive, Supports, and Community Choices Waiver.
Section 9817 of ARPA addresses additional support provided to Medicaid HCBS during the COVID–19 emergency. The law includes a provision to increase the federal reimbursement for Medicaid HCBS by 10% percent from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. According to this Section, in order to be eligible to receive the increase, the State must use the Federal funds to supplement, and not supplant, the level of State funds expended for HCBS programs in effect as of April 1, 2021. Additionally, the State must implement, or supplement the implementation of, one or more activities to enhance, expand, or strengthen HCBS under the State Medicaid program.
To review ARPA in its entirety, please visit https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1319/text.
For further information, contact the Wyoming Department of Health, Divisions of Healthcare Financing, HCBS Section at (307) 777-7531