$26 Billion FMAP Extension Bill Signed into Law

Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media , August 11, 2010

American Hospital Association Executive Vice President Rick Pollack said in a statement that the FMAP extension would provide "critical relief to states that are struggling to ensure access to care for low-income families and individuals."

These federal matching funds were becoming "even more essential to hospitals in fulfilling their mission of caring for patients and communities," Pollack said. "This funding comes at a crucial time when state budgets are in the red and more people are losing their health care coverage."

Many House Republicans, though, remained critical of the bill. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said: "Everyone knows that state budgets have been hit hard and no one wants teachers or police officers to lose their jobs. But where do the bailouts end? Are we going to bail out states next year and the year after that too? At some point we've got to say 'enough is enough.'"

Janice Simmons is a senior editor and Washington, DC, correspondent for HealthLeaders Media Online. She can be reached at jsimmons@healthleadersmedia.com.

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1 comments on "$26 Billion FMAP Extension Bill Signed into Law"

Cheryl Roark (6/21/2011 at 12:45 PM)
I must disagree with your statement that the FMAP was actually introduced in the last couple of years. It has been around for years. Each state has received an FMAP % for their Medicaid dollars. In hardship years, they have even received an Enhanced FMAP. In six states the FMAP is received prior to claims being paid and the money earns interest by the State. On providers who have for example $1MM in outstanding receivables and they are in a low income state, who may have say a 76% FMAP...the State is only responsible for $240,000 of those dollars and the Federal Government pays $760,000. The enhanced match is going away, the FMAP will continue as usual.




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