Home and Community Based Services Regulatory Updates

The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011.

The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by:

  • Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency
  • Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment
  • Improving quality measurement & oversight 

The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.  The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202).

Maine applied for the BIP enhanced FMAP May 1, 2012. Maine’s application was awarded effective July 1, 2012. View Maine's final application

A stakeholder group is currently being established. This website ensures that everyone has access to the working documents and work products of the Stakeholder Groups.

All meeting and study materials, and products of the Stakeholder Groups will be posted here when they become available.

Interested parties wishing to submit ideas, comments and feedback are encourage to do so by emailing the BIP Project Director, Nicole Rooney: nicole.rooney@maine.gov.

Maine's Balancing Incentive Programs Final Work Plan

Maine's BIP final work plan has been posted on the CMS website at: https://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Long-Term-Services-and-Support/Balancing/Balancing-Incentive-Program.html

To view these documents, please click on the link and scroll down to bottom of page where you will find the Maine hyperlink.