2015 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Committee Approved)

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Reduce Funding for Medicaid CPU

Item 301 #4h

Item 301 #4h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Health and Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2015 $0 FY2016 ($1,000,000) GF
FY2015 $0 FY2016 ($3,000,000) NGF

Page 257, line 32, strike "$8,515,698,638" and insert "$8,511,698,638".

(This amendment reduces $1.0 million from the general fund and $3.0 million from nongeneral funds in the second year for a new Medicaid Central Processing Unit. In fiscal year 2014, funding totaling $3.6 million from the general fund and $18.5 million from enhanced federal Medicaid matching funds was provided for a centralized Medicaid/FAMIS customer service call center. The centralized call center assists applicants and/or recipients and enables the Department of Medical Assistance Services to take applications telephonically, including recorded signatures per federal regulations. The introduced budget proposed $4.3 million from the general fund and $12.8 million from nongeneral funds in fiscal year 2016 to expand the duties of the call center to include a central processing unit (CPU) to process simple Medicaid applications received through the federal health insurance exchange, through the online system or received telephonically. The CPU has been able to process backlogged cases from the federal exchange which have overwhelmed the local departments of social services in 2014. With the second year of enrollment through the federal exchange wrapping up, it is expected that volume of cases should begin to even out, requiring less funding to handle the cases expected in fiscal year 2015.)