Issue Brief 11-33
September 26, 2011

On September 22, 2011, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released state personal income and per capita personal income data for 2010 and revised data for prior years. The federal government uses state per capita personal income to calculate each state’s reimbursement rate for Medicaid and other grant programs such as Title IV-E adoption assistance and foster care. This matching rate, calculated annually, is known as the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). The BEA release permits calculation of the final fiscal year (FY) 2013 FMAPs, which are based on per capita personal incomes for calendar years 2008-2010.

This Issue Brief summarizes the BEA data and provides FFIS’s estimates of the final FY 2013 FMAPs. These FMAPs reflect both personal income changes and, for the first time, the impact of the 2010 decennial census. Based on the new data, only 12 states will receive increased FMAPs in FY 2013 while 24 states will see decreases.