2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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

Item 319 #13s

Item 319 #13s

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2001 $475,205 FY2002 $1,007,073 GF
FY2001 $510,902 FY2002 $1,084,460 NGF

Page 244, line 45, strike "$2,849,830,824" and insert "$2,850,816,931".
Page 244, line 45, strike "$2,896,793,218" and insert "$2,898,884,751".
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 provide that:
The State Plan for Medical Assistance shall be amended to increase the income limit for the medically needy by the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index, retroactively to July 1, 1996, as allowed by federal law and annually hereafter. "

(This amendment provides funding to increase the Medicaid income limits by annual changes in the Consumer Price Index for individuals who spend down their excess income on 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. Depending on the locality in which the individual resides, the 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. This is a recommendation of the Joint Subcommittee Studying the Future Delivery of Publicly Funded Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.)