Conference Committee Agrees to the Amendment
August 06, 2021
The Conference Committee has agreed to the amended time frame for the 12.5% temporary increase in HCBS rates (with the provision that for agency and consumer directed respite, companion and personal care services the temporary increase will end on December 31st as the established rate increase of 12.5% is scheduled to begin on January 1st).
The temporary increase for all other Waiver Services will provide the bridge to the anticipated rebase which we hope to be in place by July 1, 2022. It will provide some added stability to allow providers to adjust wages both to ease the staffing crisis and to meet the requirements of the minimum wage increase in January.
We are very appreciative of the efforts made by members of the “money committees” to provide this relief!