The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) went into effect April 1, 2021.
Section 9817 of this Act authorized an increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) to support Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The ten (10) percentage point enhancement to the FMAP will be based on State Medicaid spending on HCBS services during the period between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022; the Act also stipulates that these funds must be expended by March 31, 2024.
The State is required to submit quarterly updates to CMS on the status of the HCBS Spending Plan and Narrative.
The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) received approval from the Legislative Budget Commission for spending authority of funds received from the ARPA to support HCBS providers.
The ARPA provides enhanced federal funding, for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), and certain behavioral health services, to support the state share of Medicaid spending. Florida received conditional approval to begin implementing the activities in the proposed spending plan and narrative on September 28, 2021. Having now received the necessary legislative approval to expend these funds, the Agency is initiating the application process for eligible providers.
Florida is investing the enhanced funding to allow Florida health care providers to recruit and retain staff to care for the most vulnerable and bolster the ability of Floridians to receive care in a community-based setting. Florida’s HCBS programs serve the state’s aging population, as well as individuals with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.
To apply, visit our Application Instructions page for information on how to download, complete, and submit an application.