INDIANA – As many of you know, the American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March 2021. Under a provision of the ARP, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration are eligible to receive enhanced funding to increase access to home and community-based services for Medicaid beneficiaries.
FSSA is considering how funds can be most effectively leveraged to improve HCBS for Hoosiers. FSSA is centering its plans around creating sustainable, outcomes-driven supports for Hoosiers, and is leveraging the collaborative work to date from the LTSS Reform project and stakeholder feedback channels. To date, the LTSS Reform project has held 50+ various stakeholder engagement opportunities and the goals of ARP funding align well with this project’s goals. The goal is to enhance the HCBS delivery system through building equitable, effective, efficient, and sustainable supports to improve health outcomes, fill unmet social needs and support all Hoosiers as we achieve our full emotional, mental and physical well-being potential.
FSSA is seeking input from the community through a survey designed to support FSSA in determining spending priorities for the enhanced funding. FSSA encourages anyone who is a consumer or stakeholder in the current HCBS system (i.e., recipients or potential recipients of HCBS, family caregivers, direct service professionals, HCBS industry providers, etc.) to respond.
The survey is available by clicking here. We would greatly appreciate your time and input. FSSA estimate this survey requires approximately 15 minutes to complete. The deadline to submit the survey is Monday, June 7 at 5 p.m. EDT.
Your input will help the FSSA team have the best understanding of community needs to ensure the enhanced funding is spent to support sustainable, outcome-driven improvements to HCBS for Hoosiers.
The state expects to finalize its plan for submission to CMS by June 30, 2021. The plan will also be shared with the stakeholder community prior to submission.