Governor Tom Wolf announced the plan to spend approximately $ 1.2 billion in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to support Medicaid’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) system across Canada. State.
Temporary funding will be for essential health care services funded by Medicaid for the elderly, adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, adults with behavioral health needs such as substance use disorders or mental illness. , and children with chronic complex medical needs.
“Over 3 million Pennsylvanians can access essential physical and behavioral health care through Medicaid, but beyond that, Medicaid enables individuals to live safely and supported in their communities among their families and peers.” Governor Wolf said. “As Pennsylvania continues to rebuild after two difficult years, this funding will be an invaluable investment in standardizing and advancing services and supports for Pennsylvanians.”
The American Rescue Plan Act grants states a temporary 10% increase over one year in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for certain home and community services funded by Medicaid. States must reinvest state savings to improve, expand or strengthen HCBS under the Medicaid program.
“A strong and thriving home and community service system is an essential part of our health care system and recognizes the inherent freedom of individuals to live independently,” said Acting DHS Secretary Meg Snead. “Our service systems, providers and staff have continued to provide care throughout the pandemic with incredible resilience and flexibility. This increased funding is an opportunity for us to invest in them as they invest in their communities and the people they serve. On behalf of DHS and the Wolf Administration, we are grateful for their dedication to their work, and we look forward to using this funding to recognize their service and support growth and innovation in the future.
Pennsylvania’s financing plan focuses on the following areas:
- Increase access to home and community services
- Staff recruitment and retention
- Provide the necessary supplies to facilitate safe services
- Additional training and learning opportunities through workforce support
- Support families who care for their loved one
- Improve the functional capacities of people with disabilities
- Improve transitional supports
- Capacity building for home and community services