1997 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1600 (Committee Approved)

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Review of Medicaid Rates for SPO Svs. (language only)

Item 333 #7h

Item 333 #7h

Health And Human Resources
Grants To Localities

Page 236, after line 40, insert:
"K. The Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and the Department of Medical Assistance Services shall review Medicaid fee rates for services covered by State Plan Option and the Home and Community Based Mental Retardation Waiver.  This review shall give consideration to geographical cost of providing services factors.  The Departments of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and Medical Assistance Services shall report on the rates and any recommendations for changes to the Governor, the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, and the Joint Subcommittee Studying the Future Delivery of Publicly Funded Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, by September 1, 1997."

(Community State Plan Option and Mental Retardation Waiver rates have not been revised, increased for inflation, or for any other basis since the Medicaid Expansion Initiative of 1991. Testimony at House Joint Resolution 240 hearings identified serious deficiencies in the In-Home Mental Retardation Residential Support rate which is contributing to the inability to secure providers for these services. This amendment provides that these rates are reviewed and proposed recommendations are reported to the Governor and General Assembly.)