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Medicaid State Plan Amendments
A Medicaid and CHIP state plan is an agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It gives an assurance that a state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.
When a state is planning to make a change to its program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. States also submit SPAs to request permissible program changes, make corrections, or update their Medicaid or CHIP state plan with new information.
Persons with disabilities having problems accessing the SPA PDF files may call 410-786-0429 for assistance.
Summary: This time-limited state plan amendment responds to the COVID-19 national emergency. The purpose of this amendment is to cover the new optional group for COVID testing, allow evacuated individuals to continue to be residents, suspend co-payment obligations for certain services, suspend premiums for all beneficiaries, add coronavirus-related benefits (lab test, telehealth and pharmacy exceptions), provide reimbursement for lab tests and telehealth, increase reimbursement for private non-medical institutions and supplemental payments for hospitals.
Summary: CMS is approving this time-limited state plan amendment to respond to the COVID-19 national emergency. The purposes of this amendment is to increase reimbursement rates for Nursing Facilities during the COVID-19 state of emergency for all costs associated with staffing, supplies, social distancing standards, cleaning fees, etc. AL noted that this increase equates to approx. $20 per diem rate add-on payment for all NF's.