2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Conference Report)

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Atypical Medications for Mentally Ill (language only)

Item 319 #18c

Item 319 #18c

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 250, after line 8, insert:
"X.  It is the intent of the General Assembly that the use of the new atypical medications to treat seriously mentally ill Medicaid recipients should be supported by the formularies used to reimburse claims under the Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care plans.
Y.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services and the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services shall develop a plan for review of Medicaid managed care plans of new, atypical medications used by Medicaid recipients to ensure appropriate access to the most effective atypical medications available for treatment of seriously mentally ill Medicaid recipients, except where indicated for the safety of the patient.  The plan and estimated costs shall be reported to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by October 1, 2001."

(This amendment directs the two departments to develop a plan for the use of the most effective medications in treatment of seriously mentally ill patients who are Medicaid recipients. The plan shall also examine coverage of these medications in Medicaid managed care plans.)