Even the Medicaid LTC Environment: Congress should reclassify the optional HCBS benefits to mandatory status and ensure that older adults who need adult day services can receive this support.
Current Medicaid law allows home and community-based services like adult day services as optional benefits, but access to these services is not guaranteed like nursing home care or other mandatory Medicaid benefits.
Federal LTSS funding: Congress should pass an ongoing increase in the Medicaid FMAP for all LTSS, including Adult Day Services, of ten points. The coming years will see significant increases in the number of older adults in the United States and increased demand for LTSS among this population. To ensure that state systems have the capacity to provide this care, including with respect to the workforce, this increase is needed.
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