12RS HB228
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HB228

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HB 228/FN (BR 51) - B. Farmer, R. Palumbo

     AN ACT relating to Medicaid dental services and making an appropriation therefor.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to set forth legislative findings; require the Department for Medicaid Services to develop and implement a pilot project to improve access to Medicaid child dental services; require the pilot project to target children age zero to 12 years enrolled in Medicaid; require an allotment to be established for each child to supplement the difference between the Medicaid reimbursement rate and the prevailing market rate for the dental service as determined by the department; require the supplement to be used to provide necessary dental services for which the child is eligible and as identified in a dental treatment plan; require that dental providers participating in the pilot project be Medicaid providers and be reimbursed at a rate equal to the prevailing market rate as determined by the department; require the pilot project to be conducted in different geographic regions with an emphasis on underserved areas and populations; require the pilot project to begin no later than January 1, 2013; establish a three-year duration for the pilot project with an evaluation to be conducted during the final year of the pilot project; require the evaluation findings to be reported to the Governor and the Legislative Research Commission within six months of the termination of the pilot project; require the department to collaborate with local health departments, schools of social work, and schools of public health to implement the pilot project; establish that the pilot project be funded using existing appropriations to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in an amount not to exceed $2 million for each year the pilot project operates; require the cabinet to request any necessary waivers of federal law to implement the pilot project; require the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to implement the pilot project; APPROPRIATION.

HB 228 - AMENDMENTS


     HCS/FN - Delete original provisions and create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to set forth legislative findings; require the Department for Public Health to seek grants or other funding to implement a pilot project to improve access to dental services for children; permit the Department for Public Health to provide in-kind support; require the pilot project to be implemented in different geographical areas with an emphasis on underserved areas and populations subject to available funding; require the pilot project to be targeted to children age zero through 12 who are participating in the Medicaid program or who are uninsured or underinsured; permit the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations to implement the pilot project; require the department to collaborate with local health departments to provide case management services as recommended by a dentist or dental hygienist; permit the Department for Public Health to collaborate with schools of public health and schools of social work to assist in the design, development, and evaluation of the pilot project; require the Department for Public Health to conduct an evaluation of the implementation and results of the pilot project; require the evaluation findings to be reported to the Governor and the Legislative Research Commission within six months following the termination of the pilot project; require the cabinet to request any necessary waivers of federal law to implement the pilot project.
     HCA (1/Title, B. Farmer) - Make title amendment.

     Jan 9-introduced in House
     Jan 11-to Health & Welfare (H)
     Jan 20-posted in committee
     Feb 9-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
     Feb 10-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 14-recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H)


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