States Use American Rescue Plan Act Funds to Strengthen Home and Community-Based Service Workforce

October 14, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing shortages in behavioral health and long-term care providers. States are leveraging an enhanced match opportunity available through the American Rescue Plan Act to address — and potentially reverse — this shortage. Section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan Act gives states an opportunity to receive a 10% increase in the federal medical assistance program (FMAP) for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) through March 31, 2022.

Explore how states propose using these one time funds to bolster the workforce that provides HCBS, including increasing reimbursement rates, providing new opportunities for professional advancement, and offering recruitment and retention incentives.

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