Last night, the United States Senate passed and the President signed into law H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Within our sector, the bill provides temporary 6.2% increase in Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP). This will allow for state Medicaid programs to have the funding needed to ensure that the most vulnerable patients and residents have continued quality care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This bill also includes other provisions like free coronavirus testing, expanded food and unemployment assistance and paid sick leave. There are numerous questions about how these additional provisions will be implemented and what they mean for employers. AHCA/NCAL is working on finding answers to those questions and will provide a summary to members as soon as possible.