SECTION 1. Section 2OOO of Chapter 29 of the general laws is hereby amended by striking the third sentence in the second paragraph in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:-
Money from the fund shall be transferred to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund, or any successor fund, as necessary to provide payments to acute hospitals and community health centers for reimbursable health services. No less than the amounts in subsection (b) of section 189 of chapter 149 of the general laws shall be annually transferred to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund.
SECTION 2. Section 64 of Chapter 118E of the general laws is hereby amended by inserting after the definition of “Resident” the following new definition:-
"Supplemental surcharge amount'', an amount equal to 50 per cent of the annual revenue shortfall in the Health Safety Net Trust fund as estimated by the health safety net office no later than 60 days after the fund fiscal year end.
SECTION 3. Section 66 of Chapter 118E of the general laws is hereby amended in subsection (b) by striking the first sentence in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:-
The fund shall consist of: (i) all amounts paid by acute hospitals and surcharge payors under sections 67 and 68; (ii) all appropriations for the purpose of payments to acute hospitals or community health centers for health services provided to uninsured and underinsured residents; (iii) any transfers from the Commonwealth Care Trust Fund, established under section 2OOO of chapter 29; (iv) all property and securities acquired by and through the use of monies belonging to the fund and all interest thereon; and (v) an amount equal to any federal financial participation revenues claimed and received by the commonwealth for eligible expenditures made from the fund.
SECTION 4. Section 68 of Chapter 118E of the general laws is hereby amended in subsection (a) by inserting in the fourth sentence following the words “total surcharge amount” the following:-
“and the supplemental surcharge amount”,
and by inserting in the fifth sentence following the words “total surcharge amount” each time it appears the following:-
“and the supplemental surcharge amount”
SECTION 5. Section 69 of Chapter 118E of the general laws is hereby amended by striking subsection (b) in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:-
(b) By April 1 of the year preceding the start of the fund fiscal year, the office shall, after consultation with the office of Medicaid, and using the best data available, provide an estimate of the projected total reimbursable health services provided by acute hospitals and community health centers and emergency bad debt costs, the total funding available and any projected shortfall after adjusting for reimbursement payments to community health centers. If a shortfall in revenue exists in any fund fiscal year to cover projected costs for reimbursement of health services, the office shall allocate half of that shortfall in a manner that reflects each hospital's proportional financial requirement for reimbursements from the fund, including, but not limited to, the establishment of a graduated reimbursement system and under any additional regulations promulgated by the office. The remaining half of the shortfall shall be accounted for through a supplemental surcharge amount that is paid in accordance with section 64 and 68.
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