The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) was authorized to spend $50,000,000 from the State Fiscal Relief Fund (ARPA) to administer emergency grants for nursing facilities’ staffing shortages (Legislative COVID-19 Response Commission Action Order # 8).
These funds were distributed in January 2022 to nursing facilities as a gross adjustment.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is statutorily authorized to pay expedited reimbursement to Medicaid-enrolled nursing facilities under MN Statutes 12A.10, for the additional costs associated with a qualifying emergency.
In January 2022, the Department will provide interim Medicaid payments for nursing facilities. These payments will have an effective date of January 1, 2022 and will remain in effect until the Department posts the 2022 rates. For more information, please refer to the following Guidance document (PDF).