2015 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Landes
Eliminate Funding for Medicaid CPU

Item 301 #32h

Item 301 #32h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Health and Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2015 $0 FY2016 ($4,283,004) GF
FY2015 0.00 FY2016 -1.00 FTE

Page 257, line 32, strike "$8,515,698,638" and insert "$8,511,415,634".

(This amendment eliminates funding and one position 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 to expand the duties of the call center to include a central processing unit to process simple Medicaid applications received through the federal health insurance exchange and or through the online system. Local departments of social services have responsibility for Medicaid eligibility processing already and the new electronic eligibility system for Medicaid cases has vastly improved their ability to process these cases, likely resulting in a lower per unit cost.)