Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 6A of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding after section 76, added by section 12 of chapter 574 of the acts of 1985, the following section:-
Section 77. Except as otherwise provided under sections forty-seven and seventy, the commission in carrying out its duties, in relation to the establishment of rates of payment and reimbursement for providers of health care services, as defined in section thirty-one, shall not consider in any computation involving such actions, the following as resources of such providers of health care services: unrestricted grants, gifts, contributions, bequests, fund principal or endowment balances, or any income therefrom, unless the provider voluntarily requests the commission to consider any or all such resources in establishing rates of payment or reimbursement of services under this section. Restricted grants, gifts, contributions, bequests, fund principal or endowment balances, or any income therefrom used to defray allowable operating costs associated with providing general health supplies, care, social, rehabilitative or educational services, and accommodations for eligible persons shall be offset by the commission against allowable operating costs unless such monies are specifically designated for the provision of free care to persons not eligible for public assistance.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on July first, nineteen hundred and eighty-six.