2022 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Allow Medicaid Payments for Parents to be Caregivers of Eligible Minor Children (language only)

Item 304 #23c

Item 304 #23c

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 340, after line 10, insert:

"PPPP. Contingent on approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) shall allow legally responsible individuals (parents of children under age 18 and spouses) to provide personal care/personal assistance services and be paid for those services when circumstances prevent an individual from being cared for by a non-parent caregiver. Any legally responsible individual who is a paid aide or attendant for personal care/personal assistance services shall meet all the same requirements as other aides or attendants. The department shall have the authority to implement these changes effective July 1, 2022 and prior to completion of any regulatory process to effect such change."


(This amendment adds language to extend the provision of Medicaid reimbursement of parents or spouses of Medicaid eligible minor children to provide personal care/personal assistance services that have been available during the pandemic through a Medicaid Appendix K waiver and approved by the federal government. Language also provides authority to the agency to promulgate emergency regulations to continue parents/spouses as personal care/personal assistance providers.)