RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


Pennsylvania Senators Support FMAP Extension
February 15, 2010

US Senator Jay Rockefeller and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced S. 3000 on February 4, a bill that provides for the extension of the increase in the Federal Medical Assistance  Percentages (FMAP)for an additional six months,  ending June 30, 2011). The FMAP increase was originally implemented as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act in response to economic challenges being faced by states. It is crucial that the increase be extended to the end of the next budget year if states are to avoid drastic cuts in human services in balance budgets. 

Thirty-five senators are co-sponsors of S. 3000, including both Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey andArlen Specter. Co-sponsoring senators are further working on including the extension as an amendment to the first Senate jobs bill. Including the FMAP provision in the jobs bill increases its chances of passage. Adding this amendment will require 60 votes to pass the bill.

PCPA applauds Sens. Casey and Specter for their support on the FMAP extension and thanks PCPA members who advocated for the extension. PCPA suggests members email both senators to express appreciation for their support and urge them to continue to work for the inclusion of the FMAP extension amendment in the senate jobs bill. Further questions may be addressed to Anne Leisure.


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