OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-157

AN ACT REDUCING PARTICIPANT COSTS AND EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY FOR THE CONNECTICUT HOME-CARE PROGRAM FOR THE ELDERLY.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Social Services, Dept.

GF - Cost

3 million

3.6 million

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a state cost of approximately $3 million in FY 19 and $3.6 million in FY 20 associated with increasing eligibility and reducing cost sharing for the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE). Increasing the asset limit (from $37,080 to $40,000 for individuals and from $49,440 to $65,000 for couples) is anticipated to result in a cost of approximately $2.1 million in FY 19 and $2.7 million in FY 20. Decreasing participant cost sharing for the program, from 9% to 7%, results in increased state costs of approximately $850,000 in FY 19 and FY 20.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to program enrollment and service utilization.

Sources:

Department of Social Services Caseload Information