2005 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Conference Report)

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Medicaid for Faculty Pediatric Dental Services at VCU (language only)

Item 326 #13c

Item 326 #13c

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 321, after line 16, insert:
"VVV.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall have the authority to amend the State Plan of Medical Assistance to make supplemental payments to dentists who are faculty affiliated with the dental pediatric residency programs at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  The amount of the supplemental payment shall be the difference between the upper payment limit for these services, as permitted by federal Medicaid law and regulation, and payments otherwise made for these services.  Funding of the state portion of these supplemental payments shall come from nonfederal funds otherwise appropriated to VCU.  Contingent upon federal approval, the Department of Medical Assistance Services shall promulgate regulations to implement this amendment within 280 days or less from the enactment date of this act."

(This amendment adds language authorizing Medicaid payments for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) faculty-affiliated dentists in the pediatric residency programs. The general fund match for federal Medicaid payments would be made by VCU. In the past, federal Graduate Medical Education funding was available to partially support pediatric dental services for indigent/uninsured patients. Federal budget reductions resulted in a loss of approximately $1.0 million for the pediatric residency program. This payment arrangement would restore about one-half of the reduction.)