2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Committee Approved)

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Restore Funding for Local Dental Services

Item 296 #2h

Item 296 #2h

First Year - FY2013 Second Year - FY2014
Health And Human Resources
Health, Department of FY2013 $0 FY2014 $967,944 GF
FY2013 $0 FY2014 $696,362 NGF
FY2013 0.00 FY2014 20.00 FTE

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"2.  Out of this appropriation $967,944 from the general fund and $696,362 from nongeneral funds shall be used to provide access to dental services though local health departments.  This level of funding shall continue to provide access to the current level of providers while the program is transitioning to a preventative model.
3.  The Department of Health, in consultation with the Department of Medical Assistance Services, shall continue its work with the advisory committee to develop and implement a comprehensive targeted plan for transitioning the current dental model to a prevention only model.  The preventative dental model report shall consider at least the following:  (i) the appropriate level of funding for a sustainable preventive model to begin July 1, 2014, while ensuring the safety net is secure and trained personnel are in place, (ii) the need to focus on those areas of the Commonwealth in the most need of these dental services, including those areas with higher risk factors including a concentration of diabetic and free lunch populations and a higher than average Medicaid-eligible population, and (iii) a review of dental program revenues and expenditures, including the development of evaluation metrics to assist in ensuring efficient and effective use of funding and services.
4.  The Commissioner of Health shall convene the advisory committee meeting no later than April 30, 2013 and additional meetings as agreed on by the stakeholders, and issue a final report from the advisory committee to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees no later than October 1, 2013."

(This amendment restores $967,944 from the general fund and $696,362 from nongeneral funds the second year and 20 positions to provide for additional time to plan the closure of state-supported dental clinics and restructure services to be consistent with a preventative model of service. Budget language is also included requiring the continued planning for this transition with an advisory committee and a report on these efforts to restructure dental services by October 1, 2013 to the money committee chairmen.)