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S. 548: EMPOWER Care Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 25, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 548

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 25, 2019

(for himself and Ms. Cantwell) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To reauthorize the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources, and Care Act or the EMPOWER Care Act.

2.

Extension of Money Follows the Person Rebalancing demonstration

(a)

Funding

Section 6071(h) of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 1396a note) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)—

(A)

in subparagraph (E), by striking and after the semicolon;

(B)

in subparagraph (F)—

(i)

by striking subject to subparagraph (3), $112,000,000 and inserting $450,000,000; and

(ii)

by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(G)

$450,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2023.

;

(2)

in paragraph (2)—

(A)

by striking Subject to paragraph (3), amounts and inserting Amounts; and

(B)

by striking 2021 and inserting 2023; and

(3)

by striking paragraph (3).

(b)

Research and evaluation

Section 6071(g) of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 1396a note) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (2), by striking 2016 and inserting 2023; and

(2)

in paragraph (3), by inserting and for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023, after 2016,.

3.

Changes to institutional residency period requirement

(a)

In general

Section 6071(b)(2) of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 1396a note) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A)(i), by striking 90 and inserting 60; and

(2)

by striking the flush sentence after subparagraph (B).

(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the date that is 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

4.

Updates to State application requirements

Section 6071(c) of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 1396a note) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (3), by striking , which shall include and all that follows through 2007;

(2)

in paragraph (7)—

(A)

in the paragraph heading, by striking Rebalancing and inserting Expenditures; and

(B)

in subparagraph (B)—

(i)

in clause (i), by striking and after the semicolon;

(ii)

in clause (ii), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and

(iii)

by adding at the end the following:

(iii)

include a work plan that describes for each Federal fiscal year that occurs during the proposed MFP demonstration project—

(I)

the use of grant funds for each proposed initiative that is designed to accomplish the objective described in subsection (a)(1), including a funding source for each activity that is part of each such proposed initiative;

(II)

an evaluation plan that identifies expected results for each such proposed initiative; and

(III)

a sustainability plan for components of such proposed initiatives that are intended to improve transitions, which shall be updated with actual expenditure information for each Federal fiscal year that occurs during the MFP demonstration project; and

(iv)

contain assurances that grant funds used to accomplish the objective described in subsection (a)(1) shall be obligated not later than 24 months after the date on which the funds are awarded and shall be expended not later than 60 months after the date on which the funds are awarded (unless the Secretary approves a waiver of either such requirement).

; and

(3)

in paragraph (13)—

(A)

in subparagraph (A), by striking ; and and inserting , and in such manner as will meet the reporting requirements set forth for the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Management Information System (T–MSIS);;

(B)

by redesignating subparagraph (B) as subparagraph (D); and

(C)

by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following:

(B)

the State shall report on a quarterly basis on the use of grant funds by distinct activity, as described in the approved work plan, and by specific population as targeted by the State;

(C)

if the State fails to report the information required under subparagraph (B), fails to report such information on a quarterly basis, or fails to make progress under the approved work plan, the State shall implement a corrective action plan and any lack of progress under the approved work plan may result in withholding of grant funds made available to the State; and

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5.

Funding for quality assurance and improvement; technical assistance; oversight

Section 6071(f) of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 1396a note) is amended by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:

(2)

Funding

From the amounts appropriated under subsection (h)(1) for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023, $1,000,000 shall be available to the Secretary for each such fiscal year to carry out this subsection.

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6.

Best practices evaluation

Section 6071 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 1396a note) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(i)

Best practices

(1)

Report

The Secretary, directly or through grant or contract, shall submit a report to the President and Congress not later than September 30, 2020, that contains findings and conclusions on best practices from the State MFP demonstration projects carried out with grants made under this section. The report shall include information and analyses with respect to the following:

(A)

The most effective State strategies for transitioning beneficiaries from institutional to qualified community settings carried out under the State MFP demonstration projects and how such strategies may vary for different types of beneficiaries, such as beneficiaries who are aged, physically disabled, intellectually or developmentally disabled, or individuals with serious mental illnesses, and other targeted waiver beneficiary populations.

(B)

The most common and the most effective State uses of grant funds carried out under the State MFP demonstration projects for transitioning beneficiaries from institutional to qualified community settings and improving health outcomes, including differentiating funding for current initiatives that are designed for such purpose and funding for proposed initiatives that are designed for such purpose.

(C)

The most effective State approaches carried out under State MFP demonstration projects for improving person-centered care and planning.

(D)

Identification of program, financing, and other flexibilities available under the State MFP demonstration projects, that are not available under the traditional Medicaid program, and which directly contributed to successful transitions and improved health outcomes under the State MFP demonstration projects.

(E)

State strategies and financing mechanisms for effective coordination of housing financed or supported under State MFP demonstration projects with local housing authorities and other resources.

(F)

Effective State approaches for delivering Money Follows the Person transition services through managed care entities.

(G)

Other best practices and effective transition strategies demonstrated by States with approved MFP demonstration projects, as determined by the Secretary.

(H)

Identification and analyses of opportunities and challenges to integrating effective Money Follows the Person practices and State strategies into the traditional Medicaid program.

(2)

Collaboration

In preparing the report required under this subsection, the Secretary shall collect and incorporate information from States with approved MFP demonstration projects and beneficiaries participating in such projects, and providers participating in such projects.

(3)

Funding

From the amounts appropriated under subsection (h)(1) for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2020, not more than $300,000 shall be available to the Secretary for each such fiscal year to carry out this subsection.

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7.

MACPAC report on qualified settings criteria

Section 6071 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 1396a note), as amended by section 6, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(j)

MACPAC report

Prior to the final implementation date established by the Secretary for the criteria established for home and community-based settings in section 441.301(c)(4) of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, as part of final implementation of the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule published on January 16, 2014 (79 Fed. Reg. 2947) (referred to in this subsection as the HCBS final rule), the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) shall submit to Congress a report that—

(1)

identifies the types of home and community-based settings and associated services that are available to eligible individuals in both the MFP demonstration program and sites in compliance with the HCBS final rule; and

(2)

if determined appropriate by the Commission, recommends policies to align the criteria for a qualified residence under subsection (b)(6) (as in effect on October 1, 2017) with the criteria in the HCBS final rule.

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8.

Application to current projects

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, any State with an approved MFP demonstration project under section 6071 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 1396a note) on the date of enactment of this Act shall submit a revised application to the Secretary that contains the same information and assurances as are required for any new State applicant under the amendments made by this Act.