Long-Term Care

Stimulus package injects Medicaid money into economy

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, April 1, 2009

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After spending billions to bail out the American banking and automobile industries, the federal government threw the healthcare industry a lifeline in February. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 signed by President Barack Obama is a $787 billion economic stimulus package aimed at reviving the country’s sagging economy and includes billions in healthcare spending.


One part of the package that will directly affect SNFs is the $87 billion allocated for supplemental Medicaid funding. Although the money may help states avoid cuts to their Medicaid programs, some long-term care advocates and providers say the money is a temporary solution and the industry needs to continue to push for long-term care financing reform.


The stimulus package also included provisions to increase HIPAA enforcement, so SNFs may need to revisit their HIPAA policies and procedures and reeducate staff members.

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