Select Committee on Aging

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5297

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATUS OF THE MONEY FOLLOWS THE PERSON PROJECT.

Vote Date:

2/17/2009

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute Change of Reference to Human Services

PH Date:

1/27/2009

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Select Committee on Aging

REASONS FOR BILL:

To receive semiannual reports from the Commissioner of Social Services on the status of the Money Follows the Person project.

***Substitute language requires the Commissioner of Social Services to submit copies of federal reports on the Money Follows the Person Program status to the Committee on a semiannual basis.***

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Michael P. Starkowski, Commissioner, Department of Social Services: “Currently the department is required to submit 35 reports to the federal government on the status of the Money Follows the Person Program. As an alternative to this legislation and in an effort to not increase the workload, we would offer to meet with members of this committee and review the existing federal submissions. Reports already produced for the federal government could be reproduced for members of the legislature.”

Nancy Shaffer, State Long Term Care Ombudsman, Department of Social Services, Long Term Care Ombudsman Program: “A report to the General Assembly on the status of the Money Follows the Person demonstration project makes good sense, will keep the legislators informed of progress and maintain public awareness of the project.”

Nancy Wyman, State Comptroller: “The written document will include implementation status as well as a timeline for individuals transitioning into the community. The Money Follows the Person initiative has shown great success across the nation and here in Connecticut by encouraging states to create and utilize home care and community based options over traditional and costlier, institutional care. Monitoring the progress of this project is important to its successful development.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Debra Polun, Legislative Director, Connecticut Commission on Aging: “The Commission on Aging supports this bill and all efforts to share information between branches of government and with the public…The Commission believes such reporting would be beneficial to all committees of cognizance, and therefore recommends expanding the reporting to the Human Services, Public Health and Appropriations Committees as well.”

AARP Connecticut: “As an active participant of the Money Follows the Person Steering Committee, AARP supports efforts to make the Money Follows the Person demonstration project transparent and successful. H.B. 5297 will require the Commissioner of Social Services to make semi annual reports to the General Assembly on the status of the Money Follows the Person project. These reports will add transparency and accountability to the process, ultimately making sure that the 700 transitions happen with all deliberate speed.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None

Reported by: Art Mongillo

Date: 2/18/09