INDIANA – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has extended the deadline from Feb. 10 to Feb. 18, for the Home-and Community-Based Services Stabilization Grant opportunity, as described in our HCBS Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage Spend Plan. Interested eligible HCBS Medicaid providers now have until Feb. 18, 2022, to complete the required grant attestation form.
Additionally, FSSA intends to make an update to the methodology for calculating grant amounts to ensure a more equitable approach in light of the continuing Public Health Emergency. FSSA will now calculate the grant amount as a flat percentage of each eligible provider’s highest annual claims total across calendar years 2019, 2020, and 2021. The percentage applied will remain in the previously stated range of 7-8%.
HCBS providers can visit the Indiana HCBS Enhanced FMAP Spend Plan page to obtain more information and access resources including an informational video, FAQ, provider bulletin, and Attestation Form. Topics covered in those resources include general background on the grants, eligible provider groups, process and timing expectations, grant methodology, and required provider attestations.
- Background: As identified in the IN FSSA HCBS Spend Plan, the HCBS Stabilization Grant has been made available by FSSA to support providers and frontline staff affected by the public health emergency.
- Purpose: The purpose of the grant is both to retroactively address COVID-19-related expenses and challenges and to recognize the important work of frontline staff, including costs related to compensation and benefits, COVID-19 testing, personal protective equipment, and other COVID-19 related expenses, to allow providers to stabilize their operations.
- Eligibility: Currently active HCBS Medicaid providers who were also active during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This is defined as HCBS Medicaid providers who (1) submitted a claims expenditure in CY2021 and (2) submitted a claims expenditure in CY2019, CY2020, and/or CY2021.
- Attestation process and timing: Interested qualifying providers must submit a signed attestation form by Feb. 18, 2022, to be considered.
For more information, please see the informational video and FAQ. Please direct any questions and/or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.