2005 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Committee Approved)

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Increase Mental Retardation Waiver Rates by 3.5%

Item 326 #14s

Item 326 #14s

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2005 $0 FY2006 $5,804,167 GF
FY2005 $0 FY2006 $5,804,167 NGF

Page 301, line 51, strike "$4,730,530,852" and insert "$4,742,139,186".
Page 319, line 18, after "III." insert "1."
Page 319, line 20, strike everything after "year".
Page 319, line 21, strike everything before "shall".
Page 319, after line 24, insert:
The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall amend the State Plan for Medical Assistance to annually adjust the rates paid for the community-based Medicaid mental retardation waiver program to account for changes in the Consumer Price Index beginning July 1, 2005.  Notwithstanding this paragraph, $10,504,167 from the general fund and $10,504,167 from nongeneral funds the second year shall be used to increase the rates paid for the community-based Medicaid mental retardation waiver program effective July 1, 2005.  Beginning November 1, 2005 and each year thereafter, the Department shall report to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees on the effectiveness of this provision in attracting and retaining qualified personnel.”

(This amendment provides funding for a 6.5 percent increase for mental retardation (MR) waiver providers on July 1, 2005. Last year, the General Assembly approved a three percent rate increase for MR waiver providers. This amendment provides $5.8 million from the general fund and $5.8 million from federal matching funds the second year for an additional 3.5 percent increase. This increase is part of a long-term plan to provide adequate reimbursement rates for MR waiver providers to guarantee service to individuals on the MR waiver program.)