AN ACT MAKING CERTAIN APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2000, PRIOR TO FINAL ACTION ON THE GENERAL APPROPRIATION BILL FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR.
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. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, $1,300,000,000 is hereby appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, to meet necessary expenditures prior to the enactment into law of the general appropriation act for said fiscal year, for the maintenance and operation of the several departments, boards, commissions and institutions, including federal grant and Intragovernmental Service Fund expenditures, for local aid payments and lottery distributions, for payments from the medical assistance intergovernmental transfer account within the Uncompensated Care Trust Fund, for other necessary services and for meeting certain requirements of law; provided, however, that said amount shall be in addition to the amounts made available for said purposes in section 1 of chapter 25 of the acts of 1999, section 1 of chapter 43 acts of 1999 and section 1 of chapter 65 of the acts of 1999; provided further, that the authorization contained herein shall cease to be operative as of the effective date of the general appropriation act and all actions taken under this section shall apply against the general appropriation act; and provided, further, that all expenditures made under this authorization shall be consistent with appropriations made in the general appropriation act.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the unexpended balances of all capital accounts which otherwise would revert on September 30, 1999, but which are necessary to fund obligations subsequent to that date are hereby re-authorized through October 31, 1999; provided, however, that the re-authorizations contained herein shall terminate upon enactment of capital account extension legislation.
SECTION 3. The fourth sentence of section 107 of chapter 88 of the acts of 1997 is hereby amended by striking out the figure "1999" and inserting in place thereof the following figu 2000.
SECTION 4. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the division of medical assistance may expend an amount not to exceed $6,000,000 for the purpose of enhancing outreach efforts to uninsured families and children as provided under the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996; provided, however, that said expenditure shall be made pursuant to the spending authorization in section 1 and shall be charged to item 4000-0310 upon the enactment of the general appropriation act for fiscal year 2000; provided further, that said division may enter into contracts with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and the Massachusetts Hospital Association for the purpose of providing such outreach; provided, further, that if contracts are successfully executed pursuant to this section, expenditures thereunder shall be made by September 30, 1999 or by such later date as allowed by federal legislation if the period in which such expenditures may be federally reimbursed at an enhanced rate is extended by federal legislation; provided, further, that said division may retain and expend for the purposes of said item 4000-0310 all federal revenues received as a result of expenditures under such contracts; provided, further, that said division may retain and expend for the purposes of said item 4000-0310 any hospital or community health center donations, in a total amount not to exceed $600,000, received as contributions to offset said division's cost associated with out-stationed eligibility workers, pursuant to a spending plan submitted to the secretary of administration and finance. Said division may further expend $723,000 for the purpose of entering into contracts by September 30, 1999, with the mini-grant outreach contractors, so-called, in order to enhance MassHealth outreach; provided, that said expenditure shall be made pursuant to the spending authorization in section 1 and shall be charged to item 4000-0700 upon the enactment of the general appropriation act for fiscal year 2000.
SECTION 5. Sections 2 and 3 shall take effect as of June 30, 1999. The remaining provisions of this act shall take effect as of July 1, 1999.