The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021 and provides additional Federal relief to address the continued impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. It is intended, in part, to support states in enhancing services for individuals who are eligible for long-term care and home and community-based services (HCBS), including participants of the Comprehensive, Supports, and Community Choices Waiver programs.
Section 9817 of ARPA addresses additional support provided to Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS). The law includes a provision to increase the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for Medicaid HCBS by 10% from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. According to this Section, in order to be eligible to receive the increase, the State must use the Federal funds to supplement, and not supplant, the level of State funds expended for HCBS programs in effect as of April 1, 2021. Additionally, the State must implement, or supplement the implementation of, one or more activities to enhance, expand, or strengthen HCBS under the State Medicaid program.
On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance in State Medicaid Director Letter (SMD) #21-003 detailing further federal requirements for states to access the enhanced federal funding. As a part of this guidance, states are required to submit to CMS a spending plan and narrative that details a proposed approach to leveraging this federal funding.
Spending Plans and Narratives
In accordance with CMS guidance, the Division must develop and submit an initial spending plan and narrative that describes the activities the Division intends to implement, the expected cost of each activity, and the overall estimated funds attributable to the increase in the FMAP that the Division anticipates claiming between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Subsequent spending plans must be submitted quarterly, and spending narratives must be submitted semi-annually, Please refer to this section to review the spending plans that have been submitted to CMS. To review spending plans submitted by other states, please visit the CMS website.
Conditional Approval of FFY 2023 Quarter 1 Update – Granted October 11, 2022
Spending Plan and Narrative Submissions
- Initial Spending Plan and Narrative – Submitted to CMS September 3, 2021
- FFY 2022 Quarter 2 Update – Submitted October 27, 2021
- FFY 2022 Quarter 3 Update – Submitted January 14, 2022
- FFY 2022 Quarter 4 Update – Submitted April 15, 2022
- FFY 2023 Quarter 1 Update – Resubmitted September 8, 2022
- FFY 2023 Quarter 2 Update – Submitted October 10, 2022
Public Input Opportunities
The Division welcomes input from participants, providers, case managers, and other stakeholders of the Comprehensive, Supports, and Community Choices Waiver programs on how to best utilize this temporary influx of federal funding for the long-term benefit of these programs. Please visit this section for the updates on public meetings that will be held to obtain stakeholder feedback. Stakeholders may submit written feedback at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Opportunity Announcement - Draft
The Division intends to implement a Technology Innovation Grant program for providers of Comprehensive, Supports, and Community Choices Waiver programs. This program is an initiative identified as part of the enhanced funding made available to the State of Wyoming through Section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).
Before this program is implemented, the Division is soliciting input on the draft Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which explains the project, application, and reporting requirements of this program. The Division is asking providers to review the attached draft FOA and provide feedback on the following areas:
- Is the project criteria understandable?
- Is the application criteria understandable?
- Are there considerations that the Division has not included?
- Does the provider have experience with, or lessons learned from, grant processes that would improve this program?
The Division will be accepting feedback on the draft FOA through Thursday, December 15th at 5PM. If you have suggestions on how to improve the draft FOA, please send them to Shirley Pratt at email@example.com. The Division will be sending the finalized FOA in early 2023.
Past Public Input Opportunities
Public input opportunity to offer initial ideas on how to best utilize the temporary influx of federal funding for the long-term benefit of these programs.
- Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 1:00PM – 2:00PM – Providers and Case Managers
- Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 3:00PM – 4:00PM – Participants and Other Stakeholders
- Thursday, April 8, 2021, 6:00PM – 7:00PM – Interested Stakeholders
- No comments were recorded
- Thursday, July 29, 2021, 2:00PM – 3:30PM – Interested Stakeholders
- Friday, August 6, 2021, 10:00AM – 11:30AM – Interested Stakeholders
- Recorded Presentation / No comments were recorded in Chat Box
- Monday, August 8, 2022, 1:00PM – 2:30PM – Participants, Providers, Case Managers, and Other Stakeholders