McKnight’s Senior Living March 20, 2023
Kimberly Bonvissuto

The “unnecessary and poorly timed delay” in Arkansas’ Medicaid reimbursement increases has created a “desperate situation” for assisted living providers, according to one provider group.

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) suspended and delayed approval of the Medicaid reimbursement increases established by the Arkansas Department of Human Services and approved by state lawmakers and the former administration. Those increases were slated to take effect Jan. 1 for the state’s 55 assisted living communities approved for Medicaid.

The increases were based on the Arkansas Living Choices Assisted Living Waiver Rate Study Report that came out in August. The current temporary public health emergency Medicaid reimbursement rates were implemented in 2022, according to Phyllis Bell, executive director of the Arkansas Residential Assisted...

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