2004 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Reynolds
Medicaid Eligibility for Low-Income Families

Item 326 #21s

Item 326 #21s

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2005 $11,500,000 FY2006 $11,900,000 GF
FY2005 $11,500,000 FY2006 $11,900,000 NGF

Page 250, line 37, strike "$4,057,098,577" and insert "$4,080,098,577".
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.)