Short-Term Extension of Key Medicaid Programs Passes Congress
Posted on Friday, April 5, 2019 7:38 PM
The week, the U.S. Senate following the House’s lead by approving the short-term extension of the “Money Follows the Person” and the spousal impoverishment protections under Medicaid home and community-based services. President Trump is expected to sign the Bill quickly.
The Money Follows the Person program funds state Medicaid programs to allow beneficiaries to remain in their own home instead of an institution by allowing for personal care services, transportation and home modifications. Spousal Impoverishment protections were put in place so that the spouses of Medicaid institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) recipients were able to maintain certain levels of incomes and assets without counting against the Medicaid status of the institutional LTSS receiving spouse. These protections were not allowable in cases of patients receiving home and community- based services. The Affordable Care Act extended these protections to HCBS scenarios, but they were not made permanent and have needed ongoing extensions to continue.
The extension is through September 2019.
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