From Mass Health:
This is to serve as an update regarding Massachusetts' strategy to use enhanced federal funding through Section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
Today, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service its initial spending plan to enhance, strengthen and expand Medicaid (MassHealth) home and community-based services using an anticipated $500 million in estimated new, time-limited dollars that can be invested in home and community-based services and supports through March 2024.
EOHHS’s initial spending plan incorporates stakeholder feedback to outline a strong framework to enhance, strengthen and expand home and community-based services (HCBS) across MassHealth populations both immediately and in the long-term. The feedback we have received from stakeholders has been incredibly valuable and we look forward to continued stakeholder engagement through the ongoing planning and implementation process.
You can find additional information here: Strengthening Home and Community Based Services and Behavioral Health Services Using American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funding | Mass.gov<https://www.mass.gov/info-details/strengthening-home-and-community-based-services-and-behavioral-health-services-using-american-rescue-plan-arp-funding>
* A summary of the Initial Spending Plan and Narrative can be found here<https://www.mass.gov/doc/summary-of-massachusetts-arpa-hcbs-initial-spending-plan-june-2021-0/download>.
* The Initial Spending Plan and Narrative submitted to CMS on June 16th can be found here<https://www.mass.gov/doc/massachusetts-arpa-hcbs-initial-spending-plan-june-2021-0/download>.
Please submit any questions or comments around the Initial Spending Plan to: ARPAMedcaidHCBS@mass.gov