SB218 (2017) Detail

Relative to public assistance for certain persons.


SB 218-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0941

01/05

 

SENATE BILL 218-FN

 

AN ACT relative to public assistance for certain persons.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Rep. J. MacKay, Merr. 14; Rep. Weber, Ches. 1; Rep. McMahon, Rock. 7

 

COMMITTEE: Finance

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill clarifies the definition regarding public assistance for persons with a disability who are eligible to participate in the work incentive program.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0941

01/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to public assistance for certain persons.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Public Assistance to the Disabled; Definitions.  Amend RSA 167:6, IX to read as follows:

IX.  For purposes hereof, a person with a disability between 18 and 64 years of age or a person who is 65 years of age whose full retirement is 66 who [is] are eligible to participate in the work incentive program, known as Medicaid for employed adults with disabilities (MEAD), shall be eligible for medical assistance as medically needy or categorically needy.  The department of health and human services shall establish a sliding fee scale for participants to contribute to the cost of such medical assistance.  Participants in the MEAD program shall be employed at the time of enrollment, and may remain enrolled during temporary unemployment for medical reasons or other good cause.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

17-0941

1/26/17

 

SB 218-FN- FISCAL NOTE

as introduced

 

AN ACT relative to public assistance for certain persons.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

   Appropriation

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$0

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   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable Increase

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Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill expands the eligibility to participate in the work incentive program, known as Medicaid for employed adults with disabilities, to individuals age 65 whose full retirement is 66.  The Department of Health and Human Services states it does not know how many individuals with a full retirement age of 66 would apply for the program in FY 2018 and therefore cannot provide estimates.  However, in FY 2016, 35 individuals who were eligible for the program became ineligible due to turning 65.  Of these 35 individuals, 29 were either eligible for Old Age Assistance or eligible with a deductible and one case was pending a decision.  Five were denied assistance due to being over income for the program.  The Department states there would be one-time costs associated with system changes as well as staff and resources toward amending and submitting the state plan to receive the federal match funds.  The Department notes it is unlikely the proposed legislation would be eligible for the 50 percent federal match thereby requiring Medicaid services for program participants age 65 and over to be paid with 100 percent general funds.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

Links

SB218 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 7, 2017 Senate Hearing
Feb. 23, 2017 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB218 Revision: 1262 Date: Jan. 31, 2017, 11:28 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 19, 2017 Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Finance; SJ 5
Feb. 7, 2017 Hearing: 02/07/2017, Room 103, SH, 01:45 pm; SC 9
Feb. 23, 2017 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 02/23/2017; SC 11
Feb. 23, 2017 Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 02/23/2017; SJ 7