The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released information on two topics:
- Affordable Care Act (ACA) Increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentages
- Premium Assistance Frequently Asked Questions
CMS issued a final rule with request for comments titled “Increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentage through the Affordable Care of 2010” (CMS-2327-FC) on the Federal Register This rule implements provisions of the ACA on increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), or matching, rates for certain Medicaid beneficiaries in states. The rule codifies the increased FMAP rates that will be applicable beginning January 1, 2014 and outlines a simplified methodology states will use to claim the appropriate matching rates. A CMS fact sheet describing the rule is available here. Comments are due by Monday, June 3, 2013. To view the final rule, click here.
CMS also released new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about states purchasing coverage through a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) on behalf of their Medicaid beneficiaries using premium assistance.