LAO Issues Analysis of California’s HCBS Spending Plan

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recently published an analysis of the state’s Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) spending plan as part of its broader 2021-22 California Spending Plan analysis series. The LAO’s analysis details the temporary increase in Medicaid federal share of cost for HCBS, eligibility requirements for states to draw down increased federal medical assistance percentages (FMAPs), and California’s recent HCBS plan submission to the federal government.

The LAO further provides a summary of the federal responses received to the state’s initial HCBS plan. DHCS submitted a revised spending plan to the federal government in mid-September, and the state still awaits federal approval on its revised plan.

Additional information, including the full analysis from the LAO, is available here.