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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3030         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1023

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Linda Dorcena Forry

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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 to protect health care reform funding.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Robert M. Koczera

11th Bristol

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Barry R. Finegold

Second Essex and Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Christopher M. Markey

9th Bristol

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Michael J. Finn

6th Hampden

William M. Straus

10th Bristol

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3030        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1023

By Ms. Forry of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1023) of Linda Dorcena Forry and others for legislation to establish a Medicaid and health care reform trust fund.  Health Care Financing. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to protect health care reform funding.
 

              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. Chapter 29 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 2GGGG the following section: --

              Section 2HHHH.  There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth as a separate fund to be known as the Medicaid and Health Care Reform FMAP Trust Fund. The fund shall consist of any funds that may be appropriated or transferred for deposit into the trust fund, interest earned on such revenues, and other sources. The comptroller shall deposit an amount to the fund determined by secretary of administration and finance that is equivalent to the additional Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program funding provided by the federal government pursuant to the increased federal Medicaid assistance percentage pursuant to the Sections 2001 and 2101 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and as further addressed in Section 1201 of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The fund shall be used for the following purposes: (1) to support the financing of health insurance coverage for low-income Massachusetts residents, including MassHealth, other state health insurance programs and insurance offered through the commonwealth’s health insurance exchange and (2) to improve Medicaid reimbursement to health care providers. The secretary of administration and finance shall administer the fund and approve requests for the transfer of funds to other state accounts in a manner consistent with the recommendations of the House and Senate Ways and Means Committee and the Joint Committee on Healthcare Financing. No later than January 31 of each year, the secretary, in consultation with the executive office of health and human services, the commonwealth health insurance connector authority, healthcare providers participating in the Medicaid program, and consumer representatives, shall submit a report to the house and senate ways and means committees and the joint committee on health care financing that includes the current funding available in the fund, the funding estimated to be deposited through the end of the current and subsequent fiscal year, estimated expenditures from the fund, and recommendations for transferring such funds to other state accounts and funds in a manner consistent with the purpose of the fund.

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