2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Sickles
Provide $20/Day for Medicaid Personal Care, Respite and Companion Care Providers (language only)

Item 479.10 #12h

Item 479.10 #12h

Central Appropriations
Central Appropriations


Page 145, after line 26, insert:

"E.1. The Governor is authorized to use the federal funds appropriated within this item to increase Medicaid personal care, respite and companion care  rates to include a $20 per patient per day supplement.  Such supplement will be effective for the period of the Governor's Declaration of a State of Emergency due to COVID-19 through December 30, 2020. Such supplement shall be made through existing managed care capitation rates as a mandated specified rate increase for the period of the Governor's emergency declaration through December 30, 2020.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall adjust capitation rates to account for the personal care, respite, and companion care supplement increase and reflect the duration of the Governor's emergency.  The department shall have the authority to file all necessary regulatory authorities without delay, make any necessary contract changes, and implement these reimbursement changes without regard to existing regulations. The specified rate increase in this paragraph applies across fee-for-service and Medicaid managed care programs."


(This amendment authorizes the use of federal Cornonavirus Relief Funds to increase rates by $20 per patient per day for Medicaid personal care, respite care and companion care services for the duration of the Governor's declared emergency due to COVID-19 through December 30, 2020.)