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New Medicaid Rule Expected to Lower Wait Times for Home-Based Care, Raise Caregiver Wages

Stat News
| Published May 3, 2024

Caregivers for older adults and people with disabilities could see a bump in their wages in the coming years, thanks to a forthcoming rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The new rule brings sweeping changes to a bevy of Medicaid programs throughout the country, including fee-for-service and managed care delivery systems. One of the most notable changes applies to the home and community-based services (HCBS) industry. CMS will now require home-based care providers to use 80% of the Medicaid reimbursements they receive toward caregiver compensation.

“This rule should help ensure that older adults and people with disabilities who need help with activities of daily living can get high quality support and that they and their caregivers are treated with dignity,” said Natalie Kean, director of federal health advocacy for the nonprofit Justice in Aging.

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