ARRA Guidance Issued on Transitional Medical Assistance
On April 6, 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance to state Medicaid directors on the implementation of provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA; P.L. 111-5) related to Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA). Section 5004 of ARRA extends TMA through December 31, 2010, and provides states with the option of amending TMA eligibility requirements, effective July 1, 2009. At the same time, however, it creates new reporting requirements for states.