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Bill Number: 2333 Ratification Number: 141 Act Number 214 Introducing Body: House Subject: Amending the General Appropriations Act of 1986
(A214, R141, H2333)
A JOINT RESOLUTION TO AMEND SECTION 40, PART I OF ACT 540 OF 1986, THE GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, BY DELETING PROVISOS RELATING TO RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF FUNDS FROM THE SETTLEMENT OF THE NURSING HOME LAWSUIT AND AUTHORITY TO CARRY OVER UNSPENT MEDICAID FUNDS TO DEVELOP A HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION PILOT PROJECT AND TO PROVIDE THAT STATE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE AS A RESULT OF THE DELETIONS MUST BE USED TO RESTORE MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT RATES FOR NURSING HOMES TO THE ORIGINAL 1986-87 LEVEL AND TO REDUCE THE CURRENT MEDICAID DEFICIT.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 40, Part I of Act 540 of 1986, the General Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 1986-87, is amended by deleting two provisos at the end of the section which read:
"Provided, Further, That notwithstanding any other provisions of the law the balance remaining from the lawsuit settlement between the State of South Carolina and the South Carolina Health Care Association, be appropriated to Health and Human Services Finance Commission to be expended only for newly constructed Medicaid beds that first participate in the Medicaid program after FY 1985.
Provided, However, That $300,000 of unspent Medicaid funds shall be carried forward to be spent on the development and implementation of a Health Maintenance Organization pilot project for Medicaid clients during FY 86-87 and FY 87-88."
Use of funds
SECTION 2. Funds becoming available as a result of the deletion of the proviso concerning the nursing home lawsuit settlement must be used to the extent necessary by the State Health and Human Services Finance Commission to restore the Medicaid reimbursement rates for nursing homes to their original fiscal year 1986-87 level for the remainder of fiscal year 1986-87. State funds becoming available as a result of the deletion of the proviso concerning the health maintenance organization pilot project must be used by the commission to reduce the current deficit in the Medicaid program.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.