Today, May 28, 2010, the House will consider amendments to the Senate amendment to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act (HR 4213). As part of the anticipated amendment package, it is expected that the House will vote on eliminating a provision in the measure that extends enhanced funding through the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP – enhanced federal funding for state Medicaid programs) through June 30, 2011. The enhanced FMAP funding was originally authorized by the economic stimulus law and under current law the enhanced funding will end as of Dec. 31, 2010.
BIAA, its chartered state affiliates and the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) have been advocating to preserve the provision that extends the enhanced funding through June, 2011 in the bill. BIAA will monitor the situation closely, and will consider next steps in the event that the amendment not to extend this benefit is adopted.