2021 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Aird
Rate Increase for Personal Care Services

Item 313 #8h

Item 313 #8h

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services FY2021 $0 FY2022 $196,851,282 GF
FY2021 $0 FY2022 $204,456,875 NGF

Page 345, line 39, strike "$17,494,923,315" and insert "$17,896,231,472".

Page 375, strike line 57 and insert:

"2. Effective July 1, 2021, the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) shall increase the average reimbursement rate for personal care, respite and companionship services provided in waiver programs to $22.00 per hour for agency-directed care and $14.80 for consumer-directed care. This increase is necessary to ensure the integrity of the safety net during the first and second scheduled increases in the minimum wage on May 1, 2021 to $9.50 per hour and January 1, 2022 to $11.00 per hour. The department shall have the authority to implement these changes prior to completion of any regulatory process undertaken in order to effect such change."

Page 376, strike lines 1 through 5.


(This amendment adds $196.9 million from the general fund and $204,5 million in federal Medicaid matching funds the second year to increase provider rates for personal care, respite care, and companionship services provided in Medicaid waiver programs effective July 1, 2021. This rate increases will supplement those increases provided in Chapter 1289, 2020 Acts of Assembly, which provided a five percent increase beginning July 1, 2020 and a scheduled two percent increase on July 1, 2021. These rate increases enable providers to cover the direct costs for hourly care and ensure the safety of the patients and compliance with minimum wage increases scheduled to go into effect.)