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First Substitute H.B. 37

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 10:43 AM by bhilbert. -->

Representative Rebecca D. Lockhart proposes the following substitute bill:




Sponsor: Rebecca D. Lockhart

             6      This act modifies the Medical Assistance Act. The act restores Medicaid eligibility to an
             7      aged, blind, or disabled person below 100% of the federal poverty level. The act defines
             8      terms and directs the Health Department to use 100% of the federal poverty level as the
             9      income standard when determining if the aged, blind, or disabled have spent down
             10      enough excess income to be eligible for Medicaid benefits.
             11      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             12      AMENDS:
             13          26-18-3, as last amended by Chapter 316, Laws of Utah 2000
             14      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             15          Section 1. Section 26-18-3 is amended to read:
             16           26-18-3. Administration of Medicaid program by department -- Disciplinary
             17      measures and sanctions -- Funds collected.
             18          (1) The department shall be the single state agency responsible for the administration
             19      of the Medicaid program in connection with the United States Department of Health and
             20      Human Services pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act.
             21          (2) The department shall develop implementing policy in conformity with this chapter,
             22      the requirements of Title XIX, and applicable federal regulations.
             23          (3) The department may, in its discretion, contract with the Department of Human
             24      Services or other qualified agencies for services in connection with the administration of the
             25      Medicaid program, including but not limited to the determination of the eligibility of

             26      individuals for the program, recovery of overpayments, and enforcement of fraud and abuse
             27      laws, consistent with Section 26-20-13 , to the extent permitted by law and quality control
             28      services.
             29          (4) The department shall provide, by rule, disciplinary measures and sanctions for
             30      Medicaid providers who fail to comply with the rules and procedures of the program, provided
             31      that sanctions imposed administratively may not extend beyond:
             32          (a) termination from the program;
             33          (b) recovery of claim reimbursements incorrectly paid; and
             34          (c) those specified in Section 1919 of Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act.
             35          (5) Funds collected as a result of a sanction imposed under Section 1919 of Title XIX
             36      of the federal Social Security Act shall be deposited in the General Fund as nonlapsing
             37      dedicated credits to be used by the division in accordance with the requirements of that section.
             38          (6) (a) In determining whether an applicant or recipient is eligible for a service or
             39      benefit under this part or Chapter 40, Utah Children's Health Insurance [Program] Act, the
             40      department shall, if Subsection (6)(b) is satisfied, exclude from consideration one passenger
             41      vehicle designated by the applicant or recipient.
             42          (b) Before Subsection (6)(a) may be applied:
             43          (i) the federal government must:
             44          (A) determine that Subsection (6)(a) may be implemented within the state's existing
             45      public assistance-related waivers as of January 1, 1999;
             46          (B) extend a waiver to the state permitting the implementation of Subsection (6)(a); or
             47          (C) determine that the state's waivers that permit dual eligibility determinations for
             48      cash assistance and Medicaid are no longer valid; and
             49          (ii) the department must determine that Subsection (6)(a) can be implemented within
             50      existing funding.
             51          (7) (a) For purposes of this Subsection (7):
             52          (i) "aged, blind, or disabled" shall be defined by administrative rule; and
             53          (ii) "spend down" means an amount of income in excess of the allowable income
             54      standard that must be paid in cash to the department or incurred through the medical services
             55      not paid by Medicaid.
             56          (b) In determining whether an applicant or recipient who is aged, blind, or disabled is

             57      eligible for a service or benefit under this chapter, the department shall use 100% of the federal
             58      poverty level as:
             59          (i) the allowable income standard for eligibility for services or benefits; and
             60          (ii) the allowable income standard for eligibility as a result of spend down.


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