1999 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Conference Report)

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Revised Assisted Living Waiver (language only)

Item 335 #9c

Item 335 #9c

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 271, after line 40, insert:
"Z.  As a condition of this appropriation, the Department of Medical Assistance Services, with the assistance of the Department of Social Services, shall review the current Medicaid assisted living waiver.  In reviewing this waiver, the Department shall consider (i) whether additional nursing facility patients can be safely and appropriately served through assisted living; (ii) the services covered by the assisted living payments and the extent to which payments reflect the services that need to be provided; (iii) the adequacy of reimbursement for assisted living care; (iv) the appropriateness of the current two-tiered structure for assisted living payments; (v) the extent to which Medicaid funds could be used in lieu of general funds to provide assisted living care; (vi) best practices in other states; and (vii) the adequacy of the current regulatory structure, if heavier-care patients were to be cared for in adult care residences.  Any proposed revisions to the assisted living waiver by the Department shall be submitted to the Governor and Chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Committee on Education and Health, the House Appropriations Committee, the House Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions, and the Joint Commission on Health Care prior to September 15, 1999."

(This amendment requires the Department of Medical Assistance Services to review the Medicaid waiver for assisted living services.)