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Bill Detail: SB22-235

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Title County Administration Of Public Assistance Programs
Status Governor Signed (06/07/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Human Services
House Sponsors L. Herod (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate Sponsors B. Rankin (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee Appropriations
Date Introduced 04/28/2022
Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill requires the department of
human services (DHS) and the department of health care policy and
financing (HCPF), in consultation with county departments of human and
social services (county departments), to develop a scope of work for a
comprehensive assessment of the best practices related to the
Capital letters or bold & italic numbers indicate new material to be added to existing law.
administration of public and medical assistance programs. The bill
requires DHS to enter into an agreement with a third party to conduct the
comprehensive assessment, evaluate existing practices for the
administration of public and medical assistance programs, and to make
recommendations related to administration of public and medical
assistance programs and ongoing evaluation of the public and medical
assistance program system. DHS is required to submit the results of the
comprehensive assessment and a fiscal impact analysis of implementing
the third party's recommendations to HCPF, county departments, and the
joint budget committee.
Following completion of the comprehensive assessment, DHS is
required to enter into an agreement with an outside entity to develop a
public and medical assistance programs funding model (funding model)
to determine the amount of money necessary to fund county
administration of certain public assistance programs overseen by DHS
and HCPF. DHS shall enter into an agreement with an outside entity to
annually update and modify the funding model.
Beginning with fiscal year 2025-26, the joint budget committee
shall use the results of the funding model to inform its decisions
regarding the amount of the appropriation to DHS and HCPF to fund
county administration of public assistance programs. DHS and HCPF
shall allocate money to counties for public assistance program
administration in accordance with the results of the funding model.
The bill requires DHS and HCPF to submit an annual report to the
joint budget committee on the funding model.
The bill appropriates $80,000 to HCPF for administration related
to office of economic security - medicaid funding and $420,000 to the
DHS for administration.

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