FMAP Increases 6.2% for COVID-19 Crisis

March 24, 2020

Today, the Trump Administration took steps to implement provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116-127) that provide states with enhanced federal Medicaid funding during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) national emergency, including the release of implementation guidance.  Section 6008 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides for a possible 6.2% increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for each state and territory. This increase will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020 and will continue through the end of the quarter in which the public health emergency for COVID-19 ends. For grant awards covering Jan. 1, through March 31, 2020, states will receive the funds in their Payment Management System (PMS) account no later March 25.

All state Medicaid agencies are eligible for the increased FMAP as long as they adhere to the conditions outlined in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  The guidance document released today provides answers questions on various aspects of the FMAP increase.