CHHS Releases California’s $5.2 Billion Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Spending Plan

On Thursday, leaders from the California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency, including CHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, unveiled a $5.2 billion spending plan to expand home and community-based services (HCBS) for California’s most vulnerable and at-risk residents through the state’s Medicaid program. Recall, in March, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provides states with a temporary increase in federal funds for specified Medicaid expenditures for home and community-based services from April 2021 through March 2022.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance to states in May, requiring states to submit a spending plan to the federal government by mid-June. The CHHS spending plan released this week outlines a series of proposed investments in HCBS, including workforce recruitment and retention efforts among HCBS direct care workers, HCBS navigation, HCBS transitions, HCBS service capacity and models of care, and infrastructure and support activities.

A statement from the CHHS leaders, including the full CHHS spending plan for HCBS, is available here.