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Representatives Urge CMS to Expand Provider Taxes to HCBS

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Representatives Urge CMS to Expand Provider Taxes to HCBS

September 30, 2016

On September 30, four Congressmen sent a letter (attached below) to CMS Administrator Andrew Slavitt, urging his agency to recognize home and community based services as a permitted class under the Social Security Act's provider tax provision. The provision permits states to draw additional federal funds by imposing assessments, up to a legally-proscribed cap, on certain health services providers. These assessments are currently in use for ICFs, hospitals, and other provider types, but are not explicitly permitted for HCBS waiver services. ANCOR has advocated strongly for the expanded use of provider taxes. The letter was the direct result of ANCOR's working with Rep. Langevin's office, who circulated the letter among his colleagues. The signatories on the letter are: Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI), William Keating (D-MA), Paul Tonko (D-NY), and David Cicilline (D-RI).