2004 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Phillips
Medicaid Eligibility for Low-Income Families

Item 326 #21h

Item 326 #21h

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2005 $11,460,000 FY2006 $11,900,000 GF
FY2005 $11,460,000 FY2006 $11,900,000 NGF

Page 250, line 37, strike "$4,057,098,577" and insert "$4,080,018,577".
Page 250, line 37, strike "$4,428,632,619" and insert "$4,452,432,619".
Page 264, after line 47, insert:
"BBB.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall establish a single set of Medicaid income limits for low-income families and children under § 1931 of the Social Security Act, equal to the income levels used for Group III localities on January 1, 2004."

(This amendment modifies the income eligibility limits for low-income families and children to be uniform across the state. Currently, three sets of Medicaid income eligibility limits exist which are dependent upon where the Medicaid applicant lives. For a familiy of three, income limits are $281 per month in rural areas, $309 per month in urban areas, and $376 per month in Northern Virginia. Virginia's eligibility levels for the mid-group are the 5th lowest in the United States. Statewide income eligibility levels are used for all other Medicaid categories, except "medically needy" coverage. Setting a statewide income limit for low-income parents at approximately 30 percent of the federal poverty income level would secure additional federal funding and offset some state-funded indigent care costs.)