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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation Comment Period Extended

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended by 15 days the comment period for the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) proposed rule. The decision came after America’s Essential Hospitals urged the agency to give states and stakeholders more time to assess the impact of the proposed rule.

In the extension notice, CMS noted that it received extension requests from a number of stakeholders and recognized that the comment period coincided with several federal holidays. The agency also noted that it will account for the comment period extension when determining the effective date of provisions in a final rule.

CMS issued the MFAR Nov. 18 and described it as a proposal to increase transparency and program integrity. America’s Essential Hospitals is deeply concerned this proposal will dramatically undermine states’ abilities to finance their share of Medicaid and impose burdensome new reporting requirements, ultimately jeopardizing the stability of the program for millions of beneficiaries.

Comments on the proposed rule are now due Feb. 1, 2020.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Gontscharow is a senior policy analyst for America's Essential Hospitals.

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