2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Conference Report)

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Restore Medicaid Rate Increase for Anesthesiologists

Item 482.20 #10c

Item 482.20 #10c

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Central Appropriations
Central Appropriations FY2021 $0 FY2022 $262,491 GF

Page 205, line 1, strike "($1,335,540,477)" and insert "($1,335,277,986)".

Page 205, line 9, strike "$1,335,540,477" and insert "1,335,277,986".

Page 215, line 36, strike "($262,491)" and insert "$0".

Page 216, line 8, strike "($127,501,107)" and insert "($127,238,616)".


(This amendment restores $262,491 the second year from the general fund to increase Medicaid reimbursement for anesthesiologists to 70 percent of the equivalent Medicare rate in the fee for service and managed care programs. The intent of the 2019 General Assembly was to increase Medicaid reimbursement to 70 percent of the equivalent Medicare fee to physicians who were reimbursed less than 70 percent of Medicare rates. The anesthesiologists qualified for this increase but were inadvertently left out of the budget language. This ensures that the error is corrected. These funds were included in the budget passed in March, but subsequently unallotted in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic and eliminated in the introduced budget for the 2020 Special Session I.)