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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1502         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 492

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Katherine M. Clark

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act improving the children’s medical security program and simplifying the administration process.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Katherine M. Clark

Middlesex and Essex

James B. Eldridge

 

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Mark C. Montigny

 

Karen E. Spilka

 


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1502        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 492

By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 492) of Katherine M. Clark, James B. Eldridge, Kay Khan, Elizabeth A. Malia and other members of the General Court for legislation to improve the children's medical security program and simplifying the administration process.  [COMMITTEE]. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act improving the children’s medical security program and simplifying the administration process.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Section 10F of chapter 118E of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out subsections (a) and (b), as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following 2 subsections:-

                        (a) There shall be a program to provide primary and preventive health care services for uninsured dependent and adopted youths from birth through age 18, in this section called the program; but only those youths who are ineligible for medical benefits pursuant to this chapter shall be eligible for the services defined in this section. The secretary of health and human services shall administer the program, subject to appropriation. The covered services available from the program shall be set forth in regulations of the executive office of health and human services as the secretary determines is appropriate, but at a minimum shall include the following:

                        (1) preventive pediatric health care visits and well-child visits, including immunizations and screening tests;

                        (2) primary care health care services customarily furnished by or through a general practitioner, family physician, internal medicine physician, obstetrician/gynecologist, pediatrician, independent nurse practitioner, to the extent the furnishing of those services is legally authorized in the commonwealth, but primary care shall not include emergency or post-stabilization services provided in a hospital or other setting;

                        (3) unlimited sick visits in a primary care provider's office.

                        (b) Additional services under the program shall include the following, but coverage for specific services within each category and the benefit limitations shall be at the secretary's discretion:

                        (1) dental health care, including preventive dental care; but no funds shall be expended for cosmetic or surgical dentistry;

                        (2) prescription drugs;

                        (3) behavioral health.

              Prior to setting any benefit changes forth in regulation, the Office of Medicaid shall provide to the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means a description of the cost per covered program member in the year preceding implementation of the regulation, as well as the anticipated cost per covered program member in the year following implementation of the regulation.  Said description shall clearly indicate any changes in anticipated costs resulting from changes in covered program services.

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