State Medicaid Funding
In August, Congress approved a $26.1 billion state-aid package (HR 1586) that extends enhanced federal Medicaid funding to states through June, 2011. The enhanced funding was originally authorized by the economic stimulus law and, as a result, bolstered the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) through Dec. 31, 2010.
Because December is halfway through the fiscal year for states and a discontinuation in December would cause serious state budget shortfalls, BIAA, its chartered state affiliates, BIAA's grassroots network and the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) advocated strongly to ensure that the enhanced funding would be extended through June, 2011. The extension is a major victory for the brain injury community as Congress struggled for several months to find a way to procure funding offsets in order to approve this measure.