1999 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1450 (Conference Report)

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Nursing Facility Per Diem Increase

Item 335 #27c

Item 335 #27c

First Year - FY1999 Second Year - FY2000
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY1999 $0 FY2000 $10,500,000 GF
FY1999 $0 FY2000 $11,216,649 NGF

Page 264, line 5, strike "$2,610,739,089" and insert "$2,632,455,738".
Page 271, after line 40, insert:
"Z.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall increase the nursing facility reimbursement to the direct care operating ceiling to provide for the increased funding for nursing facility reimbursement, including a salary increase for certified nurse aides across the state, to be effective July 1, 1999."

(This amendment provides funds for an average per diem increase in nursing facility reimbursement of $3 per day. Of this amount, $14 million in total Medicaid dollars is dedicated to a targeted increase in certified nurse aide salaries of an average of $1.00 per hour. It is expected that the Department of Medical Assistance Services will work with affected provider groups to determine how best to monitor nursing facilities to ensure that a portion of the increased reimbursement is used to supplement salaries of certified nurse aides.)