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SF 3565

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; prohibiting the release of the names of certain
potential enrollees to health plans for marketing purposes; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2006, section 256B.69, subdivision 28.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 256B.69, subdivision 28, is amended to

Subd. 28.

Medicare special needs plans; medical assistance basic health care.

(a) The commissioner may contract with qualified Medicare-approved special needs
plans to provide medical assistance basic health care services to persons with disabilities,
including those with developmental disabilities. Basic health care services include:

(1) those services covered by the medical assistance state plan except for ICF/MR
services, home and community-based waiver services, case management for persons with
developmental disabilities under section 256B.0625, subdivision 20a, and personal care
and certain home care services defined by the commissioner in consultation with the
stakeholder group established under paragraph (d); and

(2) basic health care services may also include risk for up to 100 days of nursing
facility services for persons who reside in a noninstitutional setting and home health
services related to rehabilitation as defined by the commissioner after consultation with
the stakeholder group.

The commissioner may exclude other medical assistance services from the basic
health care benefit set. Enrollees in these plans can access any excluded services on the
same basis as other medical assistance recipients who have not enrolled.

Unless a person is otherwise required to enroll in managed care, enrollment in these
plans for Medicaid services must be voluntary. For purposes of this subdivision, automatic
enrollment with an option to opt out is not voluntary enrollment.

(b) Beginning January 1, 2007, the commissioner may contract with qualified
Medicare special needs plans to provide basic health care services under medical
assistance to persons who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and those
Social Security beneficiaries eligible for Medicaid but in the waiting period for Medicare.
The commissioner shall consult with the stakeholder group under paragraph (d) in
developing program specifications for these services. The commissioner shall report to
the chairs of the house and senate committees with jurisdiction over health and human
services policy and finance by February 1, 2007, on implementation of these programs and
the need for increased funding for the ombudsman for managed care and other consumer
assistance and protections needed due to enrollment in managed care of persons with
disabilities. Payment for Medicaid services provided under this subdivision for the months
of May and June will be made no earlier than July 1 of the same calendar year.

(c) Beginning January 1, 2008, the commissioner may expand contracting under this
subdivision to all persons with disabilities not otherwise required to enroll in managed

(d) The commissioner shall establish a state-level stakeholder group to provide
advice on managed care programs for persons with disabilities, including both MnDHO
and contracts with special needs plans that provide basic health care services as described
in paragraphs (a) and (b). The stakeholder group shall provide advice on program
expansions under this subdivision and subdivision 23, including:

(1) implementation efforts;

(2) consumer protections; and

(3) program specifications such as quality assurance measures, data collection and
reporting, and evaluation of costs, quality, and results.

(e) Each plan under contract to provide medical assistance basic health care services
shall establish a local or regional stakeholder group, including representatives of the
counties covered by the plan, members, consumer advocates, and providers, for advice on
issues that arise in the local or regional area.

new text begin (f) The commissioner is prohibited from providing the names of potential enrollees
to health plans for marketing purposes. The commissioner shall reduce reimbursement
rates to health plans by an amount equal to the costs incurred by the commissioner for
mailing marketing materials to potential enrollees.
new text end