09/21/2021 | Press release | Archived content
Thursday, September 30th, 2021 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET
COVID-19 has impacted older adults and people with disabilities in many ways. In addition to increased risk of serious illness or death, the pandemic also put additional demands on the support and service systems many people with disabilities and older adults rely on, bringing to light direct care workforce shortages and the increased need to further develop and strengthen home and community-based services (HCBS).
In an unpreceded opportunity to enhance and strengthen the HCBS system, The American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Biden in March provided $12.7 billion to increase access to HCBS for Medicaid beneficiaries. In May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided states with guidance to receive the enhanced funding.
This webinar will include an overview of Section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan and presentations from Colorado and Massachusetts on innovative initiatives in their initial state spending plans.