American Rescue Plan


Summary

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Section 9817 of the ARPA offers an unprecedented opportunity to enhance, expand, or strengthen Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) under the Medicaid program by authorizing states a 10 percent increase in the federal medical assistance percentage. This increase is for a limited time beginning April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 and must be used to implement or supplement one or more HCBS activities offered through Medicaid.

    Initiatives

    The Division has categorized ARPA initiatives into four primary areas. Below is a summary of the initiatives that directly impact HCSB services. A Frequently Asked Questions document will be developed including implementation steps and timelines.

    1. Strengthening the HCBS Workforce

    Round 2 (10/3/22 through 11/16/22) 

    Round 1 (CLOSED) 

    2. Enhancing HCBS Reimbursement Rates

    • Supplemental Payments to HCBS Providers - FAQs
    • Supplemental Payments to Restore Waiver Provider Cuts - FAQs 

    3. Expanding HCBS Services

    • Enhancement of Environmental Adaptation Services - FAQs
    • Establishment of a PACE program - FAQs
    • Expansion of Home Delivered Meals in the Frail Elderly Waiver - FAQs

    4. Providing Infrastructure Support for HCBS Programs

    • Study on Development of Value Based Payment Model for HCBS
    • Study to Evaluate HCBS Rates and Methodology
    • Study to Improve Care for Aged, Blind and Disabled Populations 

      Meetings

      None at this time, please check back again soon.

        Documents

        Information on Nevada Initial and Quarterly Spending Plans, Partial and Conditional Approvals and CMS letters to Nevada can be found here on The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website.

          Timeline

          • July 13, 2021- submission to CMS of Nevada’s Initial Spending Plan
          • September 30, 2021- received a Partial Approval from CMS of the Initial Spending Plan
          • Implementation Dates of Initiatives- TBD

            Contact

            Application Round 2

            Application period for Round 2 is 10/3/22 through 11/16/22.  The application is fillable online for your convenience.