MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services announced that Wisconsin has increased reimbursement rates by 5% for several types of home and community-based services provided to members of Wisconsin's Medicaid programs. The announcement from Evers and DHS comes as the state continues to face healthcare workforce challenges in the midst of surging COVID-19 cases across Wisconsin. Last week, the Evers administration announced the state has worked to recruit nearly 600 temporary staff to support the state's healthcare workforce.

HCBS providers serve Wisconsin's older adults, as well as adults and children with disabilities, enabling them to live independently in the community. The rates were increased by using funds provided through the American Rescue Plan Act. The increases took effect as of Jan. 1 and will run through March 31, 2024.

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