2011 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Lucas
Extend Medicaid Coverage to Legal Immigrant Pregnant Women

Item 297 #1s

Item 297 #1s

First Year - FY2011 Second Year - FY2012
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2011 $0 FY2012 $782,842 GF
FY2011 $0 FY2012 $782,842 NGF

Page 249, line 7, strike "$7,244,217,237" and insert "$7,245,782,921".
Page 268, after line 55, insert:
"YYYY.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall amend the State Plan for Medical Assistance to include coverage of pregnant women who are lawfully residing in the United States and who are otherwise eligible for Medicaid services, pursuant to Section 214 of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.  DMAS shall have the authority to promulgate emergency regulations to implement this change effective July 1, 2011.

(This amendment adds $782,842 GF and $782,842 NGF from federal Medicaid matching fund to provide coverage to pregnant women who are legal immigrants and who are otherwise eligible for Medicaid. Federal reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program allows states to offer Medicaid coverage for this population. Medicaid already covers the labor and delivery costs for this population as an emergency service which can be expensive, especially if there are complications due to the lack of prenatal care. This coverage may result in the avoidance of these additional Medicaid costs. This is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.)