2009 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1600 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hamilton
Federal Relief to Restore Medicaid Cuts (language only)

Item 306 #9h

Item 306 #9h

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 343, after line 50, insert:
"VVV.  Any unbudgeted amount of general fund savings which may result from the increase in the federal matching assistance percentage (FMAP) applicable to the Medicaid expenditures in the state 2008-10 biennium shall be used to restore savings actions in House Document No. 1 in item 306 (Medicaid Program Services).  In making such restorations, priority shall be placed on preserving access to needed services by ensuring the (i) rates of payment for items and services covered under the State Plan for Medical Assistance and the methodologies underlying the establishment of such rates are, or result in, rates of payment that are no less than such rates in effect on January 1, 2009; and (ii) eligibility policies and procedures under the State Plan, including waiver programs, are no less restrictive than those in effect on January 1, 2009."

(This amendment adds language directing that any unbudgeted federal Medicaid relief received as an increase in the federal match rate for Medicaid be used to restore cuts contained in the introduced budget in the Department of Medicaid Assistance Services related to the provision of Medicaid services or Medicaid provider reimbursements. Language sets priorities for restoring funds so that provider payment rates are no less than those in effect on January 1, 2009 and that eligibility policies are no less restrictive than those in effect on January 1, 2009.)