OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 232

AN ACT EXTENDING A MORATORIUM ON CERTAIN LONG-TERM CARE BEDS.

SUMMARY:

This bill extends for four years, from June 30, 2012 to June 30, 2016, the nursing home bed certificate of need (CON) moratorium under which the Department of Social Services cannot approve requests for additional nursing home beds or modify the cost of any prior approval, with certain exceptions.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

Exceptions

The moratorium does not apply to:

1. beds for AIDS or traumatic brain injury patients;

2. beds associated with continuing care facilities that guarantee residents lifetime care;

3. Medicaid-certified beds to be relocated (a) from one licensed facility to another, (b) to a new facility to meet a priority need under the state's strategic plan to rebalance the Medicaid long-term care system, or (c) to a small house nursing home;

4. requests for up to 20 beds by private-pay facilities that demonstrate their financial ability to provide lifetime services to all residents without participating in Medicaid;

5. requests for up to 20 beds for a free standing facility providing hospice care; and

6. up to 60 new or existing Medicaid-certified beds being relocated from one location to another in a municipality with an estimated population of 125,000.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Human Services Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

16

Nay

0

(03/22/2012)