Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra testified to the Senate Finance Committee during a hearing on his department’s fiscal year 2022 budget. Because HHS oversees the Medicaid program, we have flagged highlights from that hearing specific to Medicaid disability programs:
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) asked about established community based and home health services. In response, Secretary Becerra shared a personal scenario of his own family and affirmed his support for home and community health options.
Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) asked how Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) funding could be used to address the health needs of youth. Secretary Becerra responded by emphasizing that the closer to a person’s home treatment can be, the better the rate of success. He recommended prioritizing rapid treatment with innovative resources.