The ID/A Coalition is aware that the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has requested a meeting with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to discuss the plan for the American Rescue Plan funds and has requested that CMS advise ODP to continue the enhanced rates that were in effect January 1, 2021–June 30, 2021. In a letter to Daniel Tsai, Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), the Coalition wrote:
“We request that CMS support the continuance of these increased rates, rather than permit the rates to be reduced as proposed. The providers of these services continue to incur increased costs to providing services as a result of the on-going nature of the pandemic. Measures need to be taken in order to prevent the spread of COVID, and providers are dealing with the inability to attract and retain employees to provide these services. The rate was insufficient prior to the pandemic, and the additional stressors to the system have amplified this issue. The continued increased rates are critical to the provider’s ability to provide these important services.”
As we learn how CMS responds to this request, we will share any further information with members.