2000 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Brink
Medicaid Plan-Support for Federal Work Acts (language only)

Item 319 #43h

Item 319 #43h

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 250, after line 8, insert:
"X.1. It is the intent of the General Assembly that the Commonwealth assist all Virginians to be employed and stay employed.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall develop a plan for implementing the provisions of federal law, pursuant to the federal Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, Public Law 106-170.
2. The plan shall include provisions to assist individuals with disabilities who could enter the workforce, continue employment, return to employment, or train for employment with health care benefits provided through Medicaid, in accordance with federal law.
3. The Department of Medical Assistance Services
shall develop the plan in cooperation with the Department of Rehabilitative Services; the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services; the Board for People with Disabilities; community services boards; disability services boards; representatives of individuals with disabilities and their families; disability advocates; and public and private providers of employment services for people with disabilities.   The plan shall contain  (i) strategies for utilizing the authorities and programs contained in Public Law 106-170, including a Medicaid "buy-in" option for people with disabilities with earned income under 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, application for demonstration programs under the Social Security Administration, application for federal grants to support the design, establishment and operation of infrastructures providing items and services to assist working individuals with disabilities, and creation of work incentive outreach programs within the state; (ii) eligibility criteria for individuals to be served; (iii) annual cost projections; (iv) types of services; (v) supports offered; and (vi) service benefit limits.  The plan shall be completed by October 1, 2000, and submitted to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by October 15, 2000."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)