This month, Congress approved a 6-month extension of enhanced federal Medicaid assistance to states. The assistance, known as FMAP, was originally set to end on Dec. 31, 2010, but will now continue at a scaled-back rate through June 30, 2011.
However, there’s one catch – states wishing to take advantage of the FMAP extension must write a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services officially requesting the extended assistance. The governors of all states were notified of this requirement in a letter from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius this week. The deadline for submitting requests is Sept. 24, 2010. Without submitting a letter of request, states will not be able to receive the extended Medicaid assistance.