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Pandemic has bolstered LTSS, advocacy firm finds

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed state policymakers to make their Medicaid programs more flexible, analysts from Manatt Health, with funding from The SCAN Foundation, reveal in a recently published resource guide. Those actions have expanded remote care options, stabilized the long-term services and supports workforce by waiving certain training requirements, extended home-based care to more people, and other tactics, according to the guide.

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Concerns grow that pandemic relief bill will accelerate ongoing shift to HCBS

The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday includes billions of dollars in new funding for government long-term services and supports for frail older adults and young people with disabilities. Many long-term care experts, however, worry that the bill’s most far-reaching change may be a temporary funding increase for Medicaid home- and community-based services that exclude nursing care.

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