Post Content

David_morales Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy

Today, federal legislation that extends "FMAP" funding was delayed. Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) are used to determine the amount of "Federal matching funds" each State will receive for assistance in making payments for State social service, medical, and medical insurance expenditures. Needless to say, FMAP funding – which is worth billions of dollars in Massachusetts – is vital to our State's education, human services, and public safety infrastructure. 

So, why should you care about whether Congress extends this funding to our Commonwealth? Here are some reasons:

  • Health & Human Services projects that the FMAP extension is worth at least $609 million in additional federal reimbursements for the next fiscal year 
  • FMAP funds help to ensure that we protect vital state services during this global economic recession 
  • Funding cuts will have negative impacts on our health care reform efforts 
  • If FMAP funds are not extended, the State will have to cut over $700 million from next fiscal year's budget, possibly resulting in immediate and painful loss of jobs and state services for Massachusetts families and businesses 

With the start of a new fiscal year on July 1, states like Massachusetts are working hard to balance next year's budget. As we continue to climb out of the recession, receiving FMAP funds and mitigating additional budget cuts will help strengthen our economic position. 

This is an important issue that requires all of our attention.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA posted on Apr 23

Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA

Registration for the 19th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference is open! This event, to be held May 20, 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA attracts professionals from local public health organizations, long-term-care facilities, pharmacies, college health, hospitals, physician practices, community health centers, employers, health   …Continue Reading Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA

Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 posted on Apr 18

This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014

DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse posted on Apr 15

DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse

Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth.  Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the   …Continue Reading DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse