Capitol Correspondence - 04.20.21

Resources from ACL: Changes to the MFP Program, April 21 Webinar Reviewing Federal Broadband Programs and Resources

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To ensure our members can make the most of policy changes that the Biden administration is implementing following the passage of various legislative packages this year and last, we flag the following two announcements from the Administration for Community Living:

ACL blog post announces two changes to eligibility criteria for the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program: “The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021 extended funding for the MFP program through 2023. It also made two changes to expand participant eligibility that are expected to increase the number of transitions into the community:

  • First, the CAA of 2021 reduced the minimum length of time in an inpatient facility before an individual can qualify for MFP from 90 days to 60 days;
  • Second, the days a person receives skilled nursing services or skilled rehabilitative services in a certified skilled nursing facility now can be counted toward the length-of-stay requirement.

These changes took effect January 26, 2021, and states with MFP programs can implement them retroactively. This means that states may offer the opportunity to transition back to the community earlier in an eligible individual’s stay. States also may be able to claim MFP funding for transitions that have occurred since January 26 (if those transitions fully met all of the MFP requirements).” Learn more in the full blog post.

HRSA Telehealth Webinar: An Overview of Federal Broadband Programs and Resources

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

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This webinar is part of the Telehealth Learning Webinar Series from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The goal of this series is to highlight successful projects, best practices, and resources to promote and further the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services. 

Topics at a Glance:

  • Rural Health Care Program
  • COVID-19 Telehealth Program | Connected Care Pilot Program
  • Emergency Broadband Benefit
  • Lifeline Program

Featured Speakers:

  • William England, Senior Advisor, HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth
  • Jennifer Contreras, Communications Manager, Rural Health Care Program, Universal Service Administrative Company
  • Jaymie Gustafson, Outreach Director, Universal Service Administrative Company”