2019 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1700 (Conference Report)

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Medicaid Mental Health Professional Rates

Item 303 #10c

Item 303 #10c

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services FY2019 $0 FY2020 $2,645,706 GF
FY2019 $0 FY2020 $4,560,751 NGF

Page 315, line 7, strike "$14,974,837,166" and insert "$14,982,043,623".

Page 342, after line 27, insert:

"YYY.  Effective July 1, 2019, the Department of Medical Assistance Services shall amend the State Plan for Medical Assistance to create a separate service category for psychiatric services and to increase practitioner rates for psychiatric services by 21 percent to reflect the equivalent of 100 percent of the 2018 Medicare rates. All practitioners who bill these services shall receive new rates. The department shall have the authority to implement these reimbursement changes prior to the completion of the regulatory process."


(This amendment provides $2.6 million from the general fund and $4.5 million from federal Medicaid matching funds to increase the Medicaid rates for mental health practitioners who bill for psychiatric services. These rates are lower than Medicare and commercial rates, resulting in fewer providers accepting Medicaid patients in need of these services. It is the intent of the General Assembly that in the enrolling of this act, funding included in this item shall be allocated among appropriate items within the Department of Medical Assistance Services.)