AAHomecare reaches out on Medicaid relief

Thursday, June 18, 2020

WASHINGTON —AAHomecare is working to get equitable treatment for HME suppliers who have been denied Medicaid-based relief.

The Department of Health and Human Services has opened an application portal for CARES Act relief for Medicaid/CHIP-only providers who have directly billed those programs between Jan. 1, 2018 and May 31, 2020.

Suppliers have reported that they have been denied any Medicaid-related relief because they received small Medicare relief payments. Even companies who declined to accept first tranche payments that were automatically sent to suppliers are ineligible for any Medicaid-based relief. 
“We believe that this was an unintended consequence of rolling out the relief program so quickly. There was also a lack of clarity about suppliers eligibility and how each tranche of payments related to the others,” stated AAHomecare in a bulletin.

The association has reached out to the administration about the issue and will also work with members of Congress.