OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-471

AN ACT EXTENDING THE STATE PHYSICIAN PROFILE TO CERTAIN OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 5155

File Copy No.: 172

House Calendar No.: 452

Senate Calendar No.: 146

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits) 1

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment requires the expanded health care provider profile database to be established within available appropriations.

Should no appropriation be forthcoming for this initiative in FY 10, this requirement will likely result in one of four outcomes: (1) The Department of Public Health (DPH) will proceed with the development of the database, and will require a deficiency appropriation during FY 10; (2) DPH will delay the implementation pending approval of additional appropriations to meet this mandate in future fiscal years; (3) DPH will shift resources from other department priorities, thereby impacting existing departmental programs; or (4) DPH will not create the database.

FY 10 costs associated with creating the database are $256, 184 for DPH, with an additional $47, 348 in fringe benefits costs. FY 11 costs would be $180, 383 for DPH and $97, 257 in fringe benefits costs.

The amendment also makes failure to provide information needed to complete a health care provider's profile a reason for disciplinary action. A minimal revenue gain would ensue to the extent that any civil penalties are imposed. (Section 19a-17 authorizes a civil penalty of up to $10, 000.)

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose.

1 The fringe benefit costs for state employees are budgeted centrally in the Miscellaneous Accounts administered by the Comptroller. The first year fringe benefit costs for new positions do not include pension costs. The estimated first year fringe benefit rate as a percentage of payroll is 25.36%. The state's pension contribution is based upon the prior year's certification by the actuary for the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) . The SERS fringe benefit rate is 33.27%, which when combined with the rate for non-pension fringe benefits totals 58.63%.