Recently, the House of Representatives voted to approve a bill that would delay by one year the possibility of a state facing a reduction in the federal matching assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services delivered without Electronic Visit Verification.

Along with the year delay, the bill, similar to one introduced the week prior to the 2018 EVV Summit by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, includes language that calls for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to hold at least one public meeting to solicit feedback from patients, caregivers and state health officials.

With representatives from Alaska in attendance at the Summit, the bill was a topic of much conversation. The general consensus among Summit attendees was that, while this may take some pressure off from a timing perspective, it doesn’t significantly change the path to compliance.

With the House’s vote to approve, the bill moves to the Senate, where advocates are urging members there also to approve, allowing more time for states to engage stakeholders and procure a solution that meets the needs of their constituents.