The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced one-time Medicaid rate increases of over 5% for provider organizations delivering home and community-based services (HCBS) for developmental disabilities, behavioral health, and long-term services and supports (LTSS) programs. The rate increases are as follows:
- A 5.5% rate increase for most HCBS developmental disability provider organizations.
- A 5.4% rate increase for most HCBS behavioral health and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provider organizations.
- A 5.2% rate increase for community-based LTSS provider organizations.
The rate increases are supported by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provides a 10-percentage point enhancement to state federal medical assistance percentages (eFMAP). States are required to use the ARPA eFMAP to enhance, expand or strengthen HCBS. During the most recent legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 588, the state’s FY2022 budget bill, which directs Medicaid to spend at least 75% of federal ARPA reinvestment funds for a one-time-only rate increase.
The rate increases target provider organizations and services that are eligible for the eFMAP. The state has notified eligible Medicaid provider organizations and has issued public notices detailing the services to which rate increases apply, the services that are excluded, and other related information.
This was reported by the Maryland Department of Health on November 2, 2021.
Contact information: Deidre McCabe, Director, Office of Communications, Maryland Department of Health, 201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399; (410) 767-3536; Website: https://health.maryland.gov/pages/contactus.aspx