Human Services Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-7189

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF MEDICAID-FUNDED PROGRAMS.

Vote Date:

3/16/2017

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/7/2017

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Human Services Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill requires that the Department of Social Services conduct a study to determine whether the Medicaid funded programs are easily accessible and is been implemented effectively. The study is to make recommendations for addressing any identified gaps in the provision of services and improving access to such services.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Roderick L. Bremby,Commissioner of the Department of Social Services, testified that while DSS does not oppose the general concept of this bill, they respectfully suggested that the legislation is duplicative and unnecessary and would divert resources DSS needs to focus on the provision of services.

Further, this bill requires a study to be conducted of Medicaid programs to assess factors pertinent to quality of care, gaps in care, and necessary actions to comply with the Affordable Care Act. DSS is already in compliance with the provisions of ACA and referenced a number of vehicles already implemented by DSS to substantiate their position.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Mag Morelli, President of LeadingAge Connecticut, a 130 not-for-profit organizations, representing the entire field of aging services and senior housing, extended on behalf of LeadingAge Connecticut, her assistance to the Committee on any of the five studies related

to aging services that are being proposed should the Committee choose to move forward with any one of them.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None were expressed or submitted.

Reported by: Anna Cieri

Date: March 13, 2017