2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Conference Report)

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Increase Medically Needy Income Limits by CPI

Item 319 #3c

Item 319 #3c

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2001 $0 FY2002 $500,000 GF
FY2001 $0 FY2002 $510,902 NGF

Page 244, line 45, strike "$2,896,793,218" and insert "$2,897,804,120".
Page 250, after line 8, insert:
"X.  It is the intent of the General Assembly that the medically needy income limits for the Medicaid program are adjusted annually to account for changes in the Consumer Price Index.
Y.  The State Board for Medical Assistance Services shall develop amendments to the State Plan for Medical Assistance and seek the Health Care Financing Administration's approval to increase the income limit for the medically needy by the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index, as allowed by federal law, to be effective July 1, 2001, and annually hereafter."

(This amendment increases the income limit in fiscal year 2002 that is used to determine Medicaid eligibility for individuals who must spend down their excess income by sustaining medical expenses, in order to qualify for Medicaid. Currently, the monthly income limit for these individuals is equal to the Aid to Families with Dependent Children criteria in effect on July 16, 1996, which is roughly equal to 36 percent of the federal poverty income guideline. The income limit will be revised by the annual change in the Consumer Price Index. Depending on the locality in which the individual resides, the current income limit is set at either $216 per month, $250 per month or $325 per month. It is estimated that this change will enable 337 individuals to qualify for Medicaid eligibility.)