1999 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Houck
Nursing Home Increase-Nursing Staff Targeted Part

Item 335 #4s

Item 335 #4s

First Year - FY1999 Second Year - FY2000
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY1999 $0 FY2000 $32,923,019 GF
FY1999 $0 FY2000 $35,170,091 NGF

Page 264, line 5, strike "$2,610,739,089" and insert "$2,678,832,199".
Page 271, after line 40 insert:
"Z. It is the intent of the General Assembly that Medicaid reimbursement to nursing facilities be sufficient to hire, train, and retain the necessary nursing staff to provide high quality care.
1. The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall increase the nursing facility reimbursement to the direct care operating ceiling to provide a salary increase for certified nurse aides across the state to be effective July 1, 1999.
2. The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall work with affected provider groups to determine how to best monitor nursing facilities, to ensure that increased reimbursement is used to supplement salaries of certified nurse aides and to assess the impact of the salary increase on staff turnover."

(This amendment provides funds for an average per diem increase in nursing facility reimbursement of $10/day. Of this amount, $28 million is intended as an increase in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) salaries of an average of $2.00/hour. The language amendment requires development of a method to ensure that a portion of the increase is passed on to CNAs.)