2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Governor McDonnell
Authorize Study of Centralization of Medicaid Eligibility (language only)

Item 307 #34g

Item 307 #34g

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 282, after line 16, insert:
"J.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services in cooperation with the Department of Social Services (DSS) shall study the impact of centralizing Medicaid eligibility with a single vendor.  The study shall evaluate the cost-effectiveness of centralization and also the operational impact this change would have on the current state/local eligibility system.  This study shall include, but is not limited to, the costs of a single vendor, transition costs, and the financial and operational impact on the DSS central office and local departments of social services.  The Department of Planning and Budget and a representative (selected by DSS) of the local departments of social services shall be included on the study team.  The results of the study shall be submitted to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by September 15, 2013."

(This amendment directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services along with the Department of Social Services to study the centralization of Medicaid eligibility.)