2005 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hamilton
Co-Patron(s): Morgan
JCHC-Increase Auxiliary Grant Payments

Item 359 #1h

Item 359 #1h

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of FY2005 $0 FY2006 $29,800,000 GF

Page 347, line 11, strike "$24,583,475" and insert "$54,383,475".
Page 347, line 24, strike "$944" and insert "$1,250".

(This amendment adds $29.8 million from the general fund in the second year to increase the current monthly rate by 32 percent for approved assisted living facilities from $944 to $1,250 per month. This increase reflects the rising cost of providing services for individuals receiving an auxiliary grant. Unlike nursing homes, rate increases under the Auxiliary Grant Program are provided only at the discretion of the General Assembly. A companion amendment in Item 326 provides funding for additional assisted living residents who will be eligible for Medicaid as a result of this rate increase. The introduced budget provided a $50 per month rate increase for the Auxiliary Grant program, increasing payments from $894 to $944 per month. This is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.)