At the end of June, 2017, through the efforts of our Ambassadors, our industry partners, our clients, and our legislative champions, the Rate Floor Bill passed the Delaware General Assembly.
This year, in the second year of Delaware’s two-year legislative session, our major legislative goal is to achieve an increase in the Medicaid fee schedule for RN and LPN hourly care. These two rates have stagnated since 2006. We are asking the legislature to update both according to the Consumer Price Index. Doing so would move LPN care from $46.14 to $56.01 and RN care from $51.50 to $62.51 per hour.
Our initial meetings with key members of the Joint Finance Committee have been very positive. We are working with them to include increased funding for this request in this year’s budget. If successful, our MCO contracts would have to be renegotiated so that reimbursement would be equal to or greater than the new fee schedule amounts.
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