2002 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Medicaid for LTC Ombudsman (language only)

Item 325 #38s

Item 325 #38s

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 257, after line 7, insert:
"HH.  In order to maximize Medicaid revenue, The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), shall amend its State Plan for Medical Assistance to use general fund appropriations for the Virginia Department for the Aging for the Ombudsman Program, as leverage to generate additional Medicaid funds in support of Ombudsman services provided through the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and the sub-state programs designated by the State Ombudsman, to Medicaid recipients residing in nursing facilities.  DMAS shall implement the necessary regulatory changes to be consistent with federal approval of this State Plan amendment to become effective within 280 days or less from the enactment date of this act."

(This amendment requires DMAS, the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and the Virginia Department for the Aging to cooperate in identifying and implementing the best method for gaining access to federal Medicaid matching funds for the Commonwealth’s Ombudsman Program. Pursuit of federal funds for this program is not intended to adversely affect current services or funding.)