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SENATE BILL NO. 1258 – Veterans Services, approp, add’l


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S1258............................................................by FINANCE
APPROPRIATIONS - VETERANS SERVICES - Appropriates an additional $575,000 to
the Division of Veterans Services within the Department of Self-Governing
Agencies for fiscal year 2001.
03/16    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/19    Rpt prt - to Fin
    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/20    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/21    3rd rdg - PASSED - 30-0-5
      AYES -- Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Brandt, Bunderson, Burtenshaw,
      Danielson, Darrington, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes, Goedde,
      Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, King-Barrutia, Lodge, Noh,
      Richardson, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Sims, Sorensen, Stennett,
      Thorne, Whitworth, Williams,
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Cameron, Davis, Lee, Stegner, Wheeler
    Floor Sponsor -- Bunderson
    Title apvd - to House
03/21    House intro - 1st rdg - to 2nd rdg
03/22    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/26    3rd rdg - PASSED - 63-0-7
      AYES -- Barraclough, Barrett, Bedke, Bell, Bieter, Black, Boe, Bolz,
      Bradford, Bruneel, Callister, Campbell, Chase, Clark, Collins, Crow,
      Cuddy, Denney, Ellis, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(13), Field(20),
      Gagner, Gould, Hadley, Hammond, Hansen, Harwood, Henbest(Farley),
      Higgins, Hornbeck, Jaquet, Jones, Kellogg, Kendell, Kunz, Langford,
      Loertscher, Mader, Marley, McKague, Montgomery, Mortensen, Moss,
      Moyle, Pearce, Pomeroy, Raybould, Ridinger, Roberts, Robison, Sali,
      Schaefer, Sellman, Shepherd, Smith, Smylie, Stevenson, Tilman, Trail,
      Wood, Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Deal, Lake, Meyer, Pischner, Stone, Wheeler,
    Floor Sponsor -- Gagner
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/28    To enrol
    Rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/29    Sp signed - to Governor
04/02    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 295
         Effective: 04/02/01

Bill Text

  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-sixth Legislature                  First Regular Session - 2001
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                    SENATE BILL NO. 1258
                                    BY FINANCE COMMITTEE
  1                                        AN ACT
  5    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  6        SECTION 1.  In addition to the appropriation made in  Section  1,  Chapter
  7    411,  Laws  of  2000, there is hereby appropriated to the Division of Veterans
  8    Services within  the  Department  of  Self-Governing  Agencies  the  following
  9    amounts  to  be  expended  from  the listed funds for the period July 1, 2000,
 10    through June 30, 2001:
 11    FROM:
 12    General Fund                                                          $444,000
 13    Veterans Services Endowment Income Fund                                131,000
 14      TOTAL                                                               $575,000
 15        SECTION 2.  An emergency existing  therefor,  which  emergency  is  hereby
 16    declared to exist, this act shall be in full force and effect on and after its
 17    passage and approval.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

              	  Statement of Purpose	


This bill is a supplemental appropriation to the Division of Veterans
Services within the Department of Self-Governing Agencies for fiscal 
year 2001.

                      Fiscal Note
The supplemental appropriation includes $444,000 from the General 
Fund, and $131,000 from the Veterans Services Endowment Income Fund 
for a total of $575,000. This is to help cover a shortfall that 
currently exists in this program.

Last year the Legislature opted to make the state's three veterans 
homes Medicaid reimbursable facilities. At that time, all general 
fund moneys used in support of Veterans Services were moved from 
that Division to the Medicaid program to gain a 70% match from the 
federal government. The numerical appropriation assumed that this 
conversion would occur on July 1, 2000. It did not. The agency 
instead elected to do a phased-in approach to this conversion. In 
addition, the agency also elected to grandfather in existing clients 
at these facilities, meaning that they did not have to apply for 
Medicaid if they chose not to do so. To make matters worse, the 
Pocatello and Boise homes have been operating under a provisional 
license for failure to meet certain federal and state required health 
standards. As part of their "Plan of Correction" to deal with these 
deficiencies, Veterans Services was required to hire an outside 
consultant at a cost of $174,000 to help resolve these deficiencies 
and to help in the Medicaid certification process. All of these 
events has resulted in a shortfall that this supplemental is meant 
to resolve.

NOTE: As of February 27, 2001, the three facilities had a combined 
census of 245. Of that number, only 43 individuals have been 
qualified for Medicaid services with another 46 applications pending.

Contact:    Dick Burns 334-4742 
Legislative Services Office, Budget & Policy Analysis

Statement of Purpose/Fiscal Note	        S 1258