SECTION 1. Section 14A of chapter 118E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraphs:
In the event that a nursing facility resident who is a MassHealth recipient enters a hospital, the division shall pay to preserve his or her bed in the nursing facility for a period of up to 10 days. The division shall reimburse the nursing facility for the medical leave of absence, which shall include an observation stay in a hospital in excess of 24 hours.
In the event a MassHealth member is residing in a nursing facility and requests a nonmedical leave of absence to move to a less restrictive environment, the division shall pay to preserve his or her bed in the facility for a period of up to 15 days. For any other nonmedical leave of absence, the facility shall preserve the bed for a period of up to 10 days.
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