Skilled Nursing Facility

Lawmakers call on CMS to revise or withdraw proposed rule

A bipartisan group of Congress members sent a letter to CMS administrator Seema Verma, urging that the  proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation be revised or withdrawn entirely.

The Congress members warn that the rule would restrict certain tax exemptions and discounts for some CCRCs.

The letter, signed by 27 members of Congress, concludes:

We do not believe it’s the intention of CMS to take regulatory action that would increase state taxes or the cost of nursing home care for private-pay residents. The proposed MFAR, however, could do just that by disallowing provider tax exemptions or discounts for nursing homes that serve all or mostly older residents who pay out-of-pocket. This change constricts the availability of high-quality nursing home beds at a time when demand is increasing exponentially. Older Americans who have spent their lives contributing to their communities and planning their retirements will pay the price. We urge CMS to protect these older Americans.