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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1909        FILED ON: 10/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1977

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Anthony W. Petruccelli

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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 relative to Medicaid..

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Anthony W. Petruccelli

First Suffolk and Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1909        FILED ON: 10/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1977

By Mr. Petruccelli, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Anthony W. Petruccelli for legislation relative to Medicaid.  Financial Services. 

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to Medicaid..

 

              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 175 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following new section:

              Section 223G.  Medicaid Life Settlement Program.

              (a) (1) The owner of a life insurance policy, as those terms are defined in Chapter 175 of the General Laws, section 212, with a face value in excess of $10,000, may enter into a life settlement contract pursuant to Chapter 175 of the General Laws, section 213 to 223F, inclusive, in exchange for payments directly to a health care provider for long-term care services, hereinafter defined to include home health care, assisted living and nursing home services, as well as any other service or support deemed a long-term care service by the Department of Health and Human Services for the purposes of this section pursuant to regulation,  for the recipient of such long-term care services as of the effective date of the life settlement contract in accordance with this section. 

              (2)  The proceeds of a life settlement contract entered into pursuant to this section shall not be considered as a resource or asset in determining a Medicaid applicant’s or recipient’s eligibility for Medicaid and shall only be used as allowed for long-term care services in accordance with this section.  No state or federal Medicaid funds can be used for such Medicaid recipient’s care until such available proceeds are spent down, except for the amount provided for in subsection (2)(b)(1) of this section.

              (b) In addition to the requirements of Chapter 175 of the General Laws, section 213 to 223F, inclusive, any life settlement contract entered into with respect to this section must include the following:

              (1)  That the lesser of five percent of the face value of the life insurance policy or $5,000 is reserved and be payable to the owner’s estate or a named beneficiary of the account established in subsection (c) of this section upon the death of the insured under the policy that is the subject of the life settlement contract for final expenses.

              (2)  That the balance of proceeds of the life settlement contract that are unpaid at the death of the insured must be paid to the owner’s estate or a named beneficiary of the account established in subsection (c) of this section.

              (3)  The total amount of the proceeds of the life settlement contract payable on behalf of the recipient of such services pursuant to the life settlement contract.

              (c)  All proceeds of the life settlement contract entered into pursuant to this section must be held in an irrevocable state or federally insured account for the benefit of the recipient of the services and administered in accordance with this section.

              (d)  The type of long-term care services payable from the irrevocable state or federally insured account shall be chosen only by the recipient of the services. Any attempt by any person to require the use of a specific provider to obtain long-term care services pursuant to this section is strictly prohibited and constitutes an unfair trade practice under Chapter 175 of the General Laws, section 223E.

              (e)  Any life settlement provider entering into a life settlement contract pursuant to this section must maintain a surety bond executed and issued by an insurer authorized to issue surety bonds in this state, a policy of errors and omissions insurance, or a deposit of cash, certificates of deposit or securities or any combination thereof in the amount of $500,000.

              (f)  For purposes of this section, in addition to any requirements of Chapter 175 of the General Laws, section 213 to 223F, inclusive:

              (1) Life settlement contract forms entered into pursuant to this section must be filed and approved by the Department of Insurance; and

              (2) Advertising and marketing materials used by a life settlement provider pursuant to this section must be filed with the Department of Insurance.

              (g) For purposes of this section only, for any policy that is the subject of a life settlement contract that has been in force for five years or more, the provisions of Chapter 175 of the General Laws, section 223B(g), shall not apply.

              (h) Any claim against a life settlement provider from an owner of a policy, the owner’s estate, any beneficiary, or any other person with respect to the life settlement contract may not exceed the face amount of the policy, less the proceeds paid under the life settlement contract, the total amount of premiums paid subsequent to entering into the life settlement contract and any other reasonable costs or expenses associated with the acquisition or maintenance of the policy that is the subject of a life settlement contract.  Any payment of a claim by a life settlement provider shall be made from the funds established pursuant to subsection (e) of this section.

              (i)  The Department of Insurance shall conduct periodic market examinations of each life settlement provider regarding the life settlement contracts entered into pursuant to this section, in accordance with Chapter 175 of the General Laws, section 218.

              (j)  The Department of Health and Human Services must provide, as part of the application for enrollment in the Medicaid program, written notice of the options provided in this section.

              (k)  The Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Department of Insurance, is authorized to adopt rules to implement this section to ensure that:

              (1)              The proceeds from the life settlement contract shall be distributed directly to a health care provider in accordance with this section.

              (2)              Eligibility for Medicaid shall be determined without considering the balance of the life settlement proceeds pursuant to Paragraph (a)(2) of this section; and

              (3)              Medicaid and applied income payments shall begin the day following the exhaustion of the life settlement proceeds.

              SECTION 2.  Section 3, Part B, paragraph (a) of Chapter 62 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1988 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following new paragraph:

              (17)  An amount equal to the amount received by the taxpayer pursuant to a life settlement contract entered into pursuant to section 223G of Chapter 175.

              SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon becoming law.

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