Ask Your U.S. Representative to Pressure CMS to Extend Timeframe for HCBS Retainer Payments

ANCOR has asked that you  take a few minutes today to contact your U.S. Representative on an important issue surrounding the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program. Specifically, please ask them to sign onto a letter led by U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA), which will be sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ask that the agency “use its regulatory authority to extend the timeframe in which states are allowed to issue retainer payments to qualifying Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) providers for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.” The more U.S. Representatives across the nation join this letter, the more likely CMS will be to prioritize the request. The deadline to sign on is this Thursday.  It is very easy to do and takes only a few minutes of your time.

Next steps:

·         Read on to access the full text that will be sent to CMS.

·         Identify your U.S. Representative here.

·         Send their office an email asking for their support (the link above also offers a sample text you can use).