2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Lambert
JCHC-Review Admin. Practices for QMBs & Low-Income Elderly & Disabled (language only)

Item 319 #34s

Item 319 #34s

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 250, after line 8, insert:
The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall conduct a review of certain administrative practices regarding Medicaid assistance for low-income Medicare beneficiaries to increase the number of persons enrolled in these programs.  The Department's review shall include, but not be limited to:  (i) examining the possibility of using a simplified enrollment form for determining eligibility for the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), (ii) identifying the actions to be taken by the Department to achieve the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration's target of a four percent annual enrollment increase in the QMB and Special Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary programs.  In addition, the Department also shall assess the financial and programmatic impact on the Medicaid program of modifying or discontinuing its "209(b)" status.  In conducting this analysis, the Department shall review the recent experience of North Carolina which recently modified its "209(b)" status.  The Department shall submit its findings and recommendation to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, and the Joint Commission on Health Care by September 15, 2000."
“The Department shall re-evaluate Medicaid reimbursement rates paid to air medevac providers. The reimbursement rates evaluated by the Department should be based on the costs incurred by air medevac providers in Virginia and should be at least equal to the costs incurred by the Department of State Police MedFlight operations.  The Department shall submit its report to the Governor, and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee, the House Appropriations Committee and the Joint Commission on Health Care by September 15, 2000.”

(This amendment is self-explanatory. This is a recommendation of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission and the Joint Commission on Health Care.)