2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Yost
Co-Patron(s): Morrissey
Increase Auxiliary Grant Rate by $500 Per Month

Item 340 #1h

Item 340 #1h

First Year - FY2013 Second Year - FY2014
Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of FY2013 $0 FY2014 $30,585,600 GF

Page 305, line 33, strike "$37,976,417" and insert "$68,562,017".
Page 306, after line 10, insert:
"4. Effective July 1, 2013, the Department of Social Services is authorized to base approved licensed assisted living facility rates for individual facilities on an occupancy rate of 85 percent of licensed capacity, not to exceed a maximum rate of $1,661 per month, which rate is also applied to approved adult foster care homes, unless modified as indicated below. The department may add a 15 percent differential to the maximum amount for licensed assisted living facilities and adult foster care homes in Planning District Eight."

(This amendment provides $2.0 million from the general fund the second year to increase by $500 per month the maximum rate allowed for assisted living facilities that accept auxiliary grant recipients. The introduced budget proposes an increase of 1.0 percent retroactive to January 1, 2012, recognizing the additional federal cost of living increase for the Supplemental Security Income payment which increases the auxiliary grant rate from $1,150 to $1,161. This amendment would increase the rate to $1,661 per month for about 6,420 Virginians that receive the auxiliary grant for assisted living care. The local share of the cost for the auxiliary grant increase will be approximately $7.6 million. In addition, the Virginia Medicaid program will incur a cost of about $8.3 million as the higher rate would qualify additional auxiliary grant recipients for Medicaid benefits.)