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HF 1175

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/10/2021 12:51pm

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

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Introduction Posted on 02/18/2021

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; establishing COVID-19-related grants for home and
community-based service providers; appropriating money.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; COVID-19-RELATED GRANTS FOR HOME AND
COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICE PROVIDERS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.
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new text begin (b) "Eligible provider" or "provider" means an enrolled provider who provides eligible
services and meets the attestation and agreement requirements in subdivisions 5 and 6.
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new text begin (c) "Eligible services" means:
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new text begin (1) residential services and unit-based services provided by the home and
community-based waiver programs under Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.4914; or
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new text begin (2) services provided by intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental
disabilities under Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.5012.
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new text begin (d) "Total revenue from medical assistance" includes both fee-for-service revenue and
revenue from managed care organizations. The commissioner shall determine each provider's
total revenue from medical assistance for eligible services provided from January 1, 2019,
through December 31, 2019, based on data for service claims paid as of January 1, 2020.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Appropriation. new text end

new text begin (a) $....... in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general
fund to the commissioner of human services for grants to eligible providers to:
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new text begin (1) assist providers with the costs of business interruptions due to the COVID-19
pandemic;
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new text begin (2) assist providers with increased costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic; and
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new text begin (3) help ensure access to eligible services during or following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner may use up to $....... of this appropriation to administer grants
under this section.
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new text begin (c) This is a onetime appropriation and is available until December 31, 2021.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Allowable uses of money. new text end

new text begin Grantees must use money awarded under this section
for the increased costs or losses described in subdivision 2, paragraph (a), that were incurred
from March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Grant request. new text end

new text begin Eligible providers must request a grant under this section no
later than ......., 2021. The commissioner shall develop an expedited request process that
includes a form allowing providers to meet the requirements of subdivisions 5 and 6 in as
timely a manner as possible. The commissioner shall allow the use of electronic submission
of request forms and accept electronic signatures.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Attestation. new text end

new text begin As a condition of obtaining money under this section, an eligible
provider must attest on the grant request form:
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new text begin (1) to the eligible provider's intent to continue providing eligible services under this
section;
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new text begin (2) to the eligible provider's unreimbursed costs and losses incurred between March 1,
2020, and December 31, 2020, that were due to the COVID-19 pandemic and relate to
business expenses, reduced demand for eligible services, or revenue losses; and
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new text begin (3) that without additional money, the provider will be unable to maintain the continuity
of the eligible services provided.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Agreement. new text end

new text begin As a condition of obtaining money under this section, an eligible
provider must agree on the grant request form to:
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new text begin (1) cooperate with the commissioner of human services to deliver eligible services
according to the program and service waivers and modifications issued under the
commissioner's authority;
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new text begin (2) maintain documentation sufficient to demonstrate the unreimbursed costs or losses
required to receive a grant; and
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new text begin (3) acknowledge that grants may be subject to a special recoupment under subdivision
9 if a state audit performed under subdivision 9 determines that the provider used the grant
for purposes not authorized under subdivision 3.
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new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Grants. new text end

new text begin (a) No later than ......., 2021, the commissioner shall begin issuing
grants to eligible providers in an amount equal to 2.5 percent of the provider's total revenue
from medical assistance for eligible services provided during calendar year 2019.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner shall implement grants and the process of making grants under
this subdivision without compliance with time-consuming procedures and formalities
prescribed in law such as the following statutes and related policies: Minnesota Statutes,
sections 16A.15, subdivision 3; 16B.97; 16B.98, subdivisions 5 and 7; and 16B.98,
subdivision 8, the express audit clause requirement.
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new text begin (c) The commissioner's determination of the grant amount is final and is not subject to
appeal. This paragraph does not apply to recoupment by the commissioner under subdivision
9.
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new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Payments for services provided. new text end

new text begin Providers who receive grants under this
section may continue to bill for eligible services provided.
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new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Recoupment. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner may perform an audit under this section
up to six years after the grant is awarded to ensure the grant is utilized solely for the purposes
stated in subdivision 3.
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new text begin (b) If the commissioner determines that a provider used the grant for purposes not
authorized under this section, the commissioner shall treat any amount used for a purpose
not authorized under this section as an overpayment. The commissioner shall recover any
overpayment.
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new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin This section expires December 31, 2021, except for subdivision
9.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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