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Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Floor Approved)

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Joint Subcommittee on Medicaid and Federal Health Care Reform (language only)

Item 1 #1h

Item 1 #1h

Legislative Department
General Assembly of Virginia

Language

Page 12, after line 13, insert:

"T.1. The Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees shall each appoint four members from their respective committees to a Joint Subcommittee to respond to federal health care changes, provide ongoing oversight of the Medicaid and children's health insurance programs and oversight of Health and Human Resources agency data, information, operations and activities to ensure continuity during the transition between administrations. The members of the Joint Subcommittee shall elect a chairman and vice chairman annually.

2. The  Joint Subcommittee shall monitor, evaluate and respond to federal legislation that repeals, amends or replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid (Title XIX of the Social Security Act), or the Children's Health Insurance Program (Title XXI of the Social Security Act).  The joint subcommittee shall recommend actions to be taken by the General Assembly to address the impact of any such federal legislation that would impact health care coverage now available to Virginians.  Furthermore, the subcommittee shall evaluate federal changes for opportunities to improve Virginia's Medicaid and other health insurance programs.

3. The Joint Subcommittee shall provide ongoing oversight of initiatives and operations of the Virginia Medicaid and children's health insurance programs.  The joint subcommittee will examine progress made in implementing changes to: (i) Medicaid managed care programs, including managed long-term supports and services (the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus program) and changes to the Medallion program; (ii) Medicaid waiver programs including the Medicaid waivers serving individuals with developmental disabilities; (iii) changes to the Medicaid Enterprise System; and (iv) initiatives and programmatic changes designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness, as well as to prevent fraud and abuse.

4.  The Joint Subcommittee may request and examine programmatic data from agencies with the Health and Human Resources Secretariat to assist in ensuring continuity during the transition between administrations. Such programmatic data may include statutory and regulatory authority, descriptive program information, performance and outcome measures, success in achieving program outcomes, funding levels and processes to ensure efficient and effective use of resources across the Secretariat.

5. The Joint Subcommittee may seek support and technical assistance from staff of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, the staff of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, and the staff of the Department of Medical Assistance Services. Other state agency staff shall provide support upon request."



Explanation

(This amendment adds language creating a joint subcommittee of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees to respond to federal health care changes, provide oversight of the Medicaid and children's health insurance programs, and provide oversight of Health and Human Resources agency operations during transitions between administrations.)