2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Reynolds
Prescription Drug Payment Assistance Program

Item 545 #2s

Item 545 #2s

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Central Appropriations
Central Appropriations FY2001 ($12,889,328) FY2002 ($15,807,984) GF
FY2001 $12,889,328 FY2002 $15,807,984 NGF

Page 368, after line 14, insert:
"Payment to the Prescription Assistance Fund (74503)..........................  $12,889,328          $15,807,948".
Page 368, line 15, strike "77,335,967" and insert "90,225,295".
Page 368, line 15, strike "94,847,905" and insert "110,657,905".
Page 368, line 16, strike "and".
Page 368, line 17, after "14", insert: ", and Title 32.1, Chapter 15,".
Page 368, after line 36, insert:
"C. The State Comptroller shall deposit ten percent of the Commonwealth's Allocation pursuant to the Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco product manufacturers to the Prescription Assistance Fund pursuant to § 32.1-266, Code of Virginia.  There is hereby appropriated a sum sufficient estimated at $12,889,328 the first year and $15,807,984 the second year from available balances in the Fund for the purposes set forth in § 32.1-366, Code of Virginia."

(This amendment allocates 10 percent of the moneys received each year by the Commonwealth from to the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, for the Prescription Drug Assistance Fund. According to proposed companion legislation, the fund would provide prescription drug assistance of up to $2,500 per fiscal year to eligible low-income senior citizens age 65 or older or disabled individuals, as defined by Title II of the Social Security Act. To be eligible for payment assistance, the individual must have an income that is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level or have prescription drug expenses that exceed forty percent of the his annual income. In addition, the individual may not be eligible for prescription drug benefits under Medicaid, Medicare, a Medicare supplemental policy or any other third party payer for prescription drug benefits.)