2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Wampler
Co-Patron(s): Hanger
HJR 225-Medicaid Categorically Needy Income Limits

Item 319 #12s

Item 319 #12s

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2001 $5,340,120 FY2002 $5,580,620 GF
FY2001 $5,745,857 FY2002 $6,019,098 NGF

Page 244, line 45, strike "$2,849,830,824" and insert "$2,860,916,801".
Page 244, line 45, strike "$2,896,793,218" and insert "$2,908,392,936".
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 develop amendments to the State Plan for Medical Assistance and seek the Health Care Financing Administration's approval to provide that:
The State Plan for Medical Assistance shall be amended to increase the income limit for aged, blind, and disabled individuals who are eligible for Medicaid under  categorically needy eligibility criteria to equal 80 percent of the federal poverty income guideline as set forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."

(This amendment provides funding to phase-in increases in the income limits for determining Medicaid eligibility for mentally disabled individuals over a five-year period to reflect 100 percent of the federal poverty income guideline. Currently, the monthly income limit for these individuals is equal to 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 11,179 aged, blind or disabled individuals to qualify for Medicaid eligibility. This is a recommendation of the Joint Subcommittee Studying the Future Delivery of Publicly Funded Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.)