The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), passed in March of this year, is a boon for home- and community-based services (HCBS) in the US. The legislation makes significant investments in HCBS through a higher federal matching rate, which equates to an additional $157 million in funds to improve HCBS in Tennessee.
WITH PROGRAMS, POLICY, AND PURPOSE,
WE ARE CREATING A SOCIETY THAT VALUES, INCLUDES,
AND SUPPORTS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
This year Tennessee received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for a waiver to shift the funding mechanism for Medicaid (TennCare) from the traditional state-federal matching model to the nation’s first Medicaid block grant. Since then, the General Assembly has passed legislation that permits TennCare to implement the block grant.
TennCare must use additional federal funding wisely to improve home- and community-based services for Tennesseans with disabilities