2000 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Increase Categorically Needy Income Limits

Item 319 #3h

Item 319 #3h

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2001 $1,278,938 FY2002 $1,278,938 GF
FY2001 $1,375,011 FY2002 $1,377,216 NGF

Page 244, line 45, strike "$2,849,830,824" and insert "$2,852,484,773".
Page 244, line 45, strike "$2,896,793,218" and insert "$2,899,449,372".
Page 250, after line 8, insert:
"X.  It is the intent of the General Assembly that the income limits for disabled individuals who are found to be categorically eligible for the Medicaid program are set at a level equal to the federal poverty income guideline."
Y.  The State Board for Medical Assistance Services shall amend the State Plan for Medical Assistance, effective July 1, 2001, to add the category of eligibility, as described in Section 1902(m) of the Social Security Act (42 USC § 1396a(M)),  for aged and disabled individuals with income levels up to 74 percent of the federal poverty level."

(This amendment provides funding to phase in increases in the income limits for determining Medicaid eligibility for mentally disabled individuals over time to reflect 100 percent of the federal poverty income guideline. Currently, the monthly income limit for these individuals is equal to approximately 72 percent of the federal poverty income guideline. The 1999 federal poverty income guideline for a family of one is equal to $687 per month. It is estimated that this change will enable 1,363 aged, blind or disabled individuals to qualify for Medicaid eligibility.)