Increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentage Final Rule with Request for Comments

Federal Medical AssistanceYesterday, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) put on display in the Federal Register a final rule with request for comments titled “Increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentage through the Affordable Care of 2010” (CMS-2327-FC.) This rule implements provisions of the Affordable Care Act on increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), or matching, rates for certain Medicaid beneficiaries in states. The rule codifies the increased FMAP rates that will be applicable beginning January 1, 2014 and outlines a simplified methodology states will use to claim the appropriate matching rates. A CMS fact sheet describing the rule is available at http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/fact_sheets.asp.

They are issuing these rules as final and simultaneously seeking comment on selected provisions of this final rule through Monday, June 3, 2013. The rule is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection and will be published in the Federal Register on April 2, 2013. As noted, public comments are due Monday, June 3, 2013.

Please refer to the Federal Register for information about how to submit comments.

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Dr. Sharma is a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Antonio Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1994. In her clinical practice, she provides psychotherapy for adults and specialize in working with people dealing with health issues, such as infertility, traumatic injury, and stress. She is the author of Strong Women, Strong Love: The Missing Manual for the Modern Marriage (StrongWomenStrongLove.com). Her coaching work focuses on helping professional women wanting to learn how to build a great marriage, despite the challenges of modern society. She loves making the tools and knowledge of her field highly accessible to anyone who is hoping to better their life in any way.

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