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State Opportunities to Strengthen Home and Community-Based Services through the American Rescue Plan

This blog examines how the The American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP) — signed into law on March 11, 2021 – provides states with a one-year, 10 percentage-point increase to the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for Medicaid expenditures on home and community-based services (HCBS). This increase provides states with a critical opportunity to address both emerging and long-standing challenges in their long-term care systems – systems that have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.