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Following loud calls from state governors and advocates including LSA and LSA-DN members, today, August 5, the Senate passed H.R. 1586, Aviation Safety and Investment Act of 2010, which includes $16.1 billion for an extension of an enhanced federal Medicaid match known as FMAP. These additional dollars will help ensure states can keep funding critical health and community-based services throughout the current fiscal year. Senators Snowe and Collins from Maine joined all of the Democrats to vote 61-38 for cloture to end debate yesterday.
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, who are being called back to Washington DC from their home districts by Speaker Pelosi. They are expected to vote on the measure next Tuesday, August 10. You can find contact information for your Representatives here.
For more information, contact Meg Cooch, Director of Policy and Advocacy for the LSA Disability Network, via email or at 202-626-7949.
Some Background on the enhanced FMAP rate
An extension of the enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) rate would extend for six month the enhanced FMAP funding first established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This rate was originally passed to provide assistance to states as they struggle to provide funding for key state services, including health and human services.
In order to get the 60 votes needed to move forward, the proposed extension of FMAP funding was decreased from $24 billion to $16.1 billion, creating a phasing out of funding over the 6 month period and identifying a series of offsets that will pay for the package. One note of concern for LSA on the offsets: they include $6.7 billion taken from an intended increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps) funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. An explanation of this can be found here.
As of April 29, 2010, thirty states assumed the six-month extension of the ARRA FMAP in their budgets; they include: AL, AK, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MD, MI, MN, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT and WA.
The failure to pass an extension would mean even deeper cuts to state budgets- and to health and human services programs- than originally expected. Click here to see how much each state would be expected to receive if the extension is passed.
Additional FMAP information and talking points:
For more information, please contact Meg Cooch via e-mail or at 202-626-7949.