2008 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Realign Medicaid Rate for Supported Employment (language only)

Item 306 #3c

Item 306 #3c

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 289, after line 18, insert:
"RR.  The Department of Medical Assistance Service shall realign the rates paid for individual supported employment provided under the Medicaid home- and community-based waivers to the same level paid by the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) to employment services organizations.  The Department shall implement this change effective July 1, 2008, and subsequently whenever the DRS rates for employment services organizations are changed.  The Department shall modify state regulations to make this change permanent."

(This amendment adds language to realign Medicaid rates for individual supported employment services provided by home- and community-based Medicaid waiver service providers so that the rates are consistent with supported employment rates currently established by the Department of Rehabilitative Services for services provided to disabled individuals who are not eligible for Medicaid-reimbursed services. This change would increase access to supported employment services and diminish the need for other Medicaid-funded waiver services. The fiscal impact of this change is budget neutral due to the offset in costs of more expensive waiver services for these individuals.)