2022 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Favola
Allow Medicaid DD Waiver Participants to Participate in the Medically Needy Spenddown Program Increase Medicaid Personal Maintenance Allowance (language only)

Item 304 #49s

Item 304 #49s

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 340, after line 10, insert:

"PPPP.  The Department of Medical Assistance shall revise the Medicaid Medically Needy Spenddown program to allow members receiving services through the Medicaid Developmental Disability Waiver programs to have the option to participate in the spenddown program, The department shall have the authority to implement this change prior to the completion of any regulatory process undertaken in order to effect such change."


(This amendment add language and $xx from the general fund each year to allow Medicaid members in the Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver programs to participate in the Medically Needy (MN) Spenddown. The MN Spenddown is an option for individuals age 65 and older with a disability to qualify for Medicaid even though their income is over the limit, by offsetting their excess income with medical expenses. The individuals' spenddown liability is equal to the difference between the individual's income and the MN income limit. If the individual's medical expenses meet or exceed the spenddown liability, the member is eligible for Medicaid. Currently, this is not an option for disabled individual's participating in the DD Waiver programs.)