2012 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1301 (Conference Report)

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Restore Medicaid Eligibility for Long-term Care Services

Item 307 #10c

Item 307 #10c

First Year - FY2013 Second Year - FY2014
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2013 $0 FY2014 $5,965,424 GF
FY2013 $0 FY2014 $5,965,424 NGF

Page 225, line 49, strike "$9,042,320,948" and insert "$9,054,251,796".
Page 238, line 45, before "The", insert "1."
Page 239, line 1, strike "250" and insert "267".
Page 239, after line 5, insert:
"2.  Prior to the implementation of the reduction in paragraph 1, the Director of the Department of Medical Assistance Services shall provide a detailed report and analysis of the impact of the reduction of income eligibility from 300 percent to 267 percent of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on current Medicaid recipients.  The report shall include a comprehensive review and analysis of the estimated savings, costs and effects of the eligibility change.  The final report shall be provided to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees as well as the Joint Commission on Health Care no later than October 1, 2012."

(This amendment provides $6.0 million from the general fund and $6.0 million in federal matching funds to restore Medicaid long-term care services for 1,494 elderly and disabled individuals. The introduced budget reduced the income eligibility limit for long-term care services from 300 percent of the federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment level ($2,094 per month) to 250 percent of the SSI payment level ($1,745 per month) effective January 1, 2014, resulting in 4,562 fewer individuals qualifying for Medicaid funded nursing home care or long-term care waiver services. This amendment restores Medicaid eligibility for long-term care services to 267 percent of the SSI payment level (which is equivalent to 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines). This amendment also requires a report on the implications of reducing the income eligibility limit for Medicaid long-term care services, effective January 1, 2014, prior to implementation of this policy change.)