Last week, the Appropriations Committee approved funding in the amount of $10 million in each of the next two fiscal years to reflect Medicaid rate increases to providers of home health and waiver services providers. After considering the federal share, according to the Office of Fiscal Analysis, providers will receive approximately $20 million in the aggregate each year. On Monday of this week, Governor Lamont issued his recommendations to the legislature for how $2.6 billion in federal funds received under the American Rescue Plan will be spent by the state over three years; the funding does not include additional money for Medicaid reimbursement to home care providers. Both the committee’s budget and the Governor’s plan require approval by the General Assembly. Meantime, HCAOA Connecticut thanks members who participated in last week’s annual Care at Home Days at the Capitol. The program, held virtually for the first time, was very successful with a number of members across the state participating. Members met with their state senators and representatives to discuss legislation and the impact of various policies on their business, caregivers and clients; the challenges facing their agencies; and to advocate for the home care industry.