SB 218-FN - AS INTRODUCED
SENATE BILL 218-FN
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
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
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.
SB 218-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
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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.
Department of Health and Human Services
|Feb. 7, 2017||Senate||Hearing|
|Feb. 23, 2017||Senate||Floor Vote|
Feb. 23, 2017: Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 02/23/2017; SJ 7
Feb. 23, 2017: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 02/23/2017; SC 11
Feb. 7, 2017: Hearing: 02/07/2017, Room 103, SH, 01:45 pm; SC 9
Jan. 19, 2017: Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Finance; SJ 5