OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5284

AN ACT INCREASING FUNDING FOR ELDERLY NUTRITION.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Social Services, Dept.

GF - Cost

Indeterminate

Indeterminate

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill will result in an indeterminate cost to the Department of Social Services (DSS) as the bill does not specify the value of the fee increase for services provided by the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE), and the definition for “reasonable cost” is subject to interpretation. The bill requires the Commissioner of DSS to annually increase rates for home-delivered meals for clients of the CHCPE. In addition, the bill requires the Commissioner to annually increase fees for various services outlined in the bill based on the increased cost of those services. There is an average of 16,242 clients per month served by programs who utilize these services. For reference, a 1% increase in the total annual net CHCPE expenditures is approximately $2.1 million annually.

The current Medicaid daily rate for a single meal is $4.79 and $8.76 for two meals. Not all clients served by these programs receive meals.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.