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SB20-033

Allow Medicaid Buy-in Program After Age 65

Concerning access to the medicaid buy-in program for certain working adults with disabilities who have become ineligible for the program due to age, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2020 Regular Session
Subject:
Health Care & Health Insurance
Bill Summary

The bill authorizes working adults with disabilities who are over 65 years of age to continue participating in the existing medicaid buy-in program (program). as a state-funded program, without federal matching money, if, in part, the working adult:

  • Is enrolled in or has applied for medicare;
  • Is eligible for and receiving long-term care home- and community-based services or durable medical equipment as part of complex rehabilitative services or has extraordinary medical expenses, as determined by rule of the state board, that are not covered by medicare;
  • Except as specified in the bill, was continuously enrolled in and receiving services through the medicaid buy-in program for at least one year immediately prior to attaining 65 years of age; and
  • Continues to meet the work requirements for the medicaid buy-in program.

The bill directs the department of health care policy and financing to seek federal authorization to expand the program to include individuals in the "work incentives eligibility group", which is defined to match federal eligibility criteria for individuals who are age 65 years or older with a disability who, except for assets or income, would be eligible for the supplemental security income program. The department shall submit necessary state plan amendments to implement the program and must implement the program by July 1, 2021.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Under Consideration

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