Wednesday, November 9, 2016

CMS Releases Updated Reports on Medicaid LTSS and HCBS Waiver Enrollment and Expenditures

Lilly Hummel

On November 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports Beneficiaries 2012 report which provides updated estimates of the number of people who receive Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS). Additionally, CMS released annual updates to two reports that describe recent section 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver program data. Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver Data Based on the CMS 372 Report, 2012 - 2013 identifies the number of people who received HCBS waiver program services, and Medicaid expenditures and duration of service for participants during 2012 and 2013. The other report, Medicaid Expenditures for Section 1915(c) Waiver Programs in FY 2014, provides data and trends regarding waiver expenditures. While these reports do not specify the number of people in assisted living receiving Medicaid-covered services, the reports do help illuminate the extent of Medicaid HCBS Waiver coverage by state. A list of all historical reports can be found here.

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