Washington D.C continues to buzz with activity as Congress debates the reconciliation package. One element slated for possible inclusion in the package is the Better Care Better Jobs Act, formally known as S. 2210/ H.R. 4131. In literally seconds and with just a few clicks, you can advocate in support of this legislation at the NAHC Legislative Action Network.
Better Care Better Jobs Act
The Better Care Better Jobs Act (S.2210/ H.R.4131) led by Chairman Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), with Chair Patty Murray (WA), and Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-WI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) aims to carry forth President Joe Biden’s vision for investment into Medicaid home and community-based services.
This legislation takes several steps to improve Medicaid HCBS, first through providing funding to state Medicaid programs to ready themselves for the enhanced investment, then through a 10 percent increase to the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP), specifically for Medicaid HCBS.
To qualify for the enhanced 10 percent FMAP states would be required to
- provide coverage for personal care services;
- expand supports for family caregivers;
- adopt programs that help people navigate enrollment and eligibility;
- expand access to behavioral health care;
- improve coordination with housing, transportation, and employment supports; and
- develop or improve programs to allow working people with disabilities to access HCBS.
In addition, the bill aims to strengthen and expand the HCBS workforce by
- addressing payment rates to promote recruitment and retention of direct care workers;
- regularly updating HCBS payment rates with public input;
- passing rate increases through to direct care workers to increase wages; and
- updating and developing training opportunities for this workforce as well as family caregivers.
Lastly, the legislation would permanently authorize protections against impoverishment for individuals whose spouses are receiving Medicaid HCBS and make the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration permanent
Senator Casey, Chair of the Senate Aging Committee and sponsor of the Better Care Better Jobs Act, has compiled factsheets for every state on the impact of the BCBJ. You can access the fact sheets at the following link: https://www.aging.senate.gov/press-releases/better-care-better-jobs-act-state-by-state-fact-sheets
The full House reconciliation language can be found at the link below with the Better Care Better Jobs Act beginning on page 584: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/BU/BU00/20210925/114090/BILLS-117pih-BuildBackBetterAct.pdf
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