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H.B. 357





Chief Sponsor: Paul Ray

Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the Medical Assistance Act by directing the Department of Health to
             10      apply for an amendment to the New Choices Waiver.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    directs the Department of Health to apply for, on or before July 1, 2011, an
             14      amendment to the New Choices Waiver so an individual being evaluated for
             15      Medicaid benefits will not have to move from the individual's place of residence;
             16      and
             17          .    prohibits the department from requiring an individual to change residences in order
             18      to be evaluated for Medicaid benefits.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      ENACTS:
             25          26-18-3.4, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             28          Section 1. Section 26-18-3.4 is enacted to read:
             29          26-18-3.4. Evaluating an individual for Medicaid benefits.
             30          (1) The department shall, on or before July 1, 2011, apply for an amendment to the
             31      New Choices Waiver that will not require an individual to move to a nursing home, assisted
             32      living facility, or to otherwise change the individual's current residence in order to be evaluated
             33      for the receipt of benefits under the waiver.
             34          (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), the department may not require an individual
             35      to change residences in order to be evaluated for the receipt of Medicaid benefits.
             36          (3) Subsection (2) does not apply:
             37          (a) to the New Choices Waiver, until the amendment described in Subsection (1) is
             38      approved by the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services; or
             39          (b) to the extent that it conflicts with federal law.
             40          (4) The department shall allow an individual seeking Medicaid benefits to be evaluated
             41      by any physician who is trained to evaluate a person's eligibility to receive Medicaid benefits.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-25-11 7:36 AM

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