1998 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Medicaid Dental Rates

Item 335 #4h

Item 335 #4h

First Year - FY1999 Second Year - FY2000
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY1999 $812,500 FY2000 $1,010,550 GF
FY1999 $864,141 FY2000 $1,074,778 NGF

Page 213, line 48, strike "$2,417,148,132" and insert "$2,418,824,773".
Page 213, line 48, strike "$2,532,920,472" and insert "$2,535,005,800".
Page 218, after line 3, insert:
"Q. The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall establish a Dental Health Coalition whose main objective will be to expand the availability and delivery of dental health services to Medicaid pediatric recipients.  The coalition will focus on how to increase the number of dentists participating in the Medicaid program and how to increase the level of participation by those dentist providers currently enrolled in the program.  The Coalition shall consist of representatives from DMAS, state and local dental associations, and the Department of Health.  The Department shall report the outcome of these efforts to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by December 15, 1998."

(This amendment adds $3.7 million to increase Medicaid rates for dental services to 85 percent of usual, customary, and reasonable charges. The introduced budget includes $6.4 million to raise rates to the 75 percent level. Language is also added that would create a group to recommend improvements in access to dental care for Medicaid recipients.)