States Must Write to Officially Request Extra Medicaid Money, Says HHS

by Rebecca Farley on August 20, 2010

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.

Instructions for requesting the funds are available in this Informational Bulletin from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. You can also read Secretary Sibelius’ letter online.

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