PA 15-154—sHB 6155

Human Services Committee

Appropriations Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING NOTIFICATION OF MEDICAID WAIVER AND MEDICAID STATE PLAN AMENDMENT PROPOSALS

SUMMARY: By law, whenever the Department of Social Services (DSS) commissioner applies to the federal government to waive certain federal program requirements or amend the Medicaid state plan, he must first submit the waiver application or proposed amendment to the Human Services and Appropriations committees. This act conforms law to current DSS practice by requiring the commissioner to submit applications for waiver renewals to these committees and applying other requirements for waiver applications and state plan amendments to waiver renewals. These include requirements that the:

1. committees hold a public hearing within 30 days of receiving the waiver renewal and following the hearing, approve, deny, or modify the renewal (denied renewals, like denied amendments or waivers, may not be submitted to the federal government) and

2. DSS commissioner (a) provide notice for a waiver renewal in the Connecticut Law Journal, (b) allow individuals to submit written comments before he submits the renewal to the committees, and (c) submit the written comments to the committees along with the renewal.

Additionally, the act (1) requires the commissioner to post on the DSS website, for waivers, renewals, and amendments, the same notices he posts in the Journal and (2) extends, from 15 to 30, the number of days the commissioner must allow individuals to submit written comments on waivers and amendments and also applies this 30 day timeframe to waiver renewal comment periods.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015

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