2001 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1600 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Callahan
Co-Patron(s): Bloxom, Brink, Hamilton, Morgan, Rhodes, Scott
Study of Children's Health Insurance (language only)

Item 20 #1h

Item 20 #1h

Legislative Department
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

Page 19, after line 45, insert:
"L. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission shall evaluate and make recommendations concerning the outreach practices and enrollment trends for Virginia's Medicaid and child health insurance programs.  This evaluation shall include comparison with other state programs for lessons as to effective outreach, program design, enrollment and management practices.  The evaluation shall also include the (i) past and present management structure, staffing, and promotional and other resources devoted to outreach by the Department of Social Services and the Department of Medical Assistance Services; (ii) progress and effectiveness of efforts funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to the Commonwealth for child health insurance outreach; (iii) scope and success of private-sector and community-based outreach efforts operating in the Commonwealth; (iv) variation in locality level efforts and performance in enrolling eligible children; (v) data availability and reporting concerning the number of uninsured and potentially eligible individuals for Medicaid or the Children's Medical Security Insurance Program/Family Access to Medical Insurance Security, as well as current new enrollees; and (vi) success of efforts in the Commonwealth and in other states with public/private sector partnerships on outreach.  The Department of Social Services and the Department of Medical Assistance Services shall cooperate fully with this evaluation as requested by the Commission and its staff.  In order to allow for this evaluation and its resulting recommendations to impact the success of the FAMIS program, the Commission shall report its findings and recommendations by December 1, 2001, to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations Committee, Senate Finance Committee and Joint Commission on Health Care".

(This amendment directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study outreach and enrollment in the children's health insurance program.)