Columbia, Md. — LifeSpan Network applauds Gov. Hogan for his approval of a 3 percent—or $20.2 million—rate increase for long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers as part of the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget.
“This rate increase demonstrates the level of commitment that both the governor and the legislature have for the more than 42,000 individuals receiving LTSS,” said LifeSpan president and CEO Kevin Heffner. “We are sincerely grateful to Gov. Hogan and the members of the Maryland General Assembly for their leadership during the 2018 session and for their commitment to providers and the seniors they serve.”
Effective beginning July 1, 2018, the additional funds will be allocated as follows: $12.1 million for nursing home provider rates; $5.1 million for home- and community-based provider rates, including private duty, medical adult day care, and other waiver provider rates; and $3 million for the specialized foster care and group home service provider rates.
Maryland Department of Health Secretary Robert Neall expressed his support for the rate increase as well: “The preservation of network adequacy for long-term services and supports is integral to the level of care individuals receive,” he said in a statement released by the governor’s office yesterday. “This rate increase will allow providers to meet the needs of this specific population in the setting that best fits the individual’s needs, whether that be at an institution or in their own home.”
About LifeSpan Network
Based in Columbia, Md., LifeSpan Network represents more than 330 senior services organizations, assisting more than 45,000 seniors in Maryland and the District of Columbia. LifeSpan’s members include not-for-profit and for-profit providers that offer care and services to seniors across the continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, continuing care retirement communities, subsidized senior housing, community-based, and hospital-based programs.
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