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Federal government announces additional funding to cover ACA implementation costs

May 03, 2013

Martiga Lohn

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The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has received word from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that counties may be eligible for an increased match from the federal government to cover anticipated increases in Medical Assistance enrollment due to the Affordable Care Act. Certain county eligibility determination-related costs will be entitled to an enhanced 75 percent match, an increase from the existing 50 percent match for these costs.

DHS estimates that this will result in approximately $13 million to $14 million annually in additional federal dollars for Minnesota’s counties. This enhanced match will be available starting in October 2013 and will be ongoing. County-by-county projections are not yet available.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 200,000 more Minnesotans will receive health care through our public programs,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “Counties will be an important partner in helping those Minnesotans get coverage. We would like to thank the U.S. Health and Human Services Department for providing the counties with the resources they need to make health care available to more people.”

A set of FAQs provides general guidelines about what costs are eligible for enhanced federal funding and how CMS will work with each state to review and approve the costs that will be covered. County human services directors received this detailed document from DHS last week and should be able to provide county commissioners with more background on how this increased federal match will impact individual counties.

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