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HJM017................................................by HEALTH AND WELFARE MEDICAID - LONG-TERM CARE - Stating findings of the Legislature and asking the Congress of the United States to amend federal law to allow states to enter into long-term care partnerships in the Medicaid Program. 02/11 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/12 Rpt prt - to Health/Wel 02/19 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 02/20 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 02/25 3rd rdg - ADOPTED - 68-0-2 AYES -- Andersen, Barraclough, Barrett, Bauer, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Black, Block, Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Campbell, Cannon, Clark, Collins, Crow, Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Douglas, Eberle, Edmunson, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(18), Field(23), Gagner, Garrett, Harwood, Henbest, Jaquet, Jones, Kellogg, Kulczyk, Lake, Langford, Langhorst, Martinez, McGeachin, McKague, Meyer, Miller, Mitchell, Moyle, Naccarato, Nielsen, Pasley-Stuart, Raybould, Ridinger, Ring, Ringo, Robison, Rydalch, Sali, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd, Shirley, Smith(30), Smith(24), Smylie, Snodgrass, Stevenson, Trail, Wills, Wood, Mr. Speaker NAYS -- None Absent and excused -- Roberts, Skippen Floor Sponsor - McGeachin Title apvd - To Senate 02/26 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Health/Wel 03/08 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord 03/09 10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote Floor Sponsor - Bailey Title apvd - to House 03/10 To enrol 03/11 Rpt enrol - Sp signed 03/12 Pres signed 03/15 To Secretary of State
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 17 BY HEALTH AND WELFARE COMMITTEE 1 A JOINT MEMORIAL 2 TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS 3 ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF 4 IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. 5 We, your Memorialists, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 6 State of Idaho assembled in the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh 7 Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that: 8 WHEREAS, current federal and state medical assistance expenditures for 9 long-term care services in Idaho exceed $145.7 million annually, with the 10 state's annual share at approximately $43.7 million; and 11 WHEREAS, skyrocketing costs of providing care to persons who need assis- 12 tance to meet daily needs have hit the middle class particularly hard; and 13 WHEREAS, the national average cost for nursing home care is approximately 14 $50,000 per year; and 15 WHEREAS, costs to the state of Idaho will rise on account of increasing 16 demands for services as our population ages; and 17 WHEREAS, the purpose of the long-term care partnership program is to pro- 18 vide incentives to individuals to purchase long-term care insurance, and con- 19 sequently to relieve the financial burdens on the states when they assume pay- 20 ment for the long-term care needs of their citizens under the Medicaid program 21 by allowing individuals who exhaust qualified private long-term care policy 22 benefits to protect an equivalent value of assets and still satisfy Medicaid's 23 financial eligibility requirements; and 24 WHEREAS, the concept of long-term care partnership results in private 25 insurance paying first and government paying last; and 26 WHEREAS, the four states that have had partnership plans for almost a 27 decade, specifically California, Connecticut, Indiana and New York, have expe- 28 rienced significant savings to taxpayers, and have seen less than 100 total 29 partnership purchasers qualify for Medicaid; and 30 WHEREAS, American citizens in 46 states, the District of Columbia and ter- 31 ritories of the United States are being discriminated against by not being 32 able to enjoy the benefits provided by long-term care partnership plans due to 33 a restriction present in Section 1917(b)(1)(C) of the Social Security Act (49 34 Stat. 620, 42 U.S.C. 1396p(b)(1)(C)) which has discouraged additional states 35 from enacting long-term care partnership programs by effectively removing the 36 major incentive for individuals to participate. 37 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses- 38 sion of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and 39 the Senate concurring therein, that we urge the United States Congress to 40 amend Section 1917(b)(1)(C) of the Social Security Act (49 Stat. 620, 42 41 U.S.C. 1396p(b)(1)(C)) by deleting May 14, 1993, as the deadline for approval 42 by states of long-term care partnership plans, thus affording states through- 43 out the nation the ability to give their citizens the same rights to partici- 44 pate in those types of plans. 2 1 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representa- 2 tives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this 3 Memorial to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Repre- 4 sentatives of Congress, and the congressional delegation representing the 5 State of Idaho in the Congress of the United States.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 13879 The purpose of this memorial is to encourage the US Congress to amend Section 1917(b) (1) (C) of the Social Security Act by deleting May 14, 1993 as the deadline for approval by states of long-term care partnership plans. This will allow all states the right to participate in long-term care partnership plans. FISCAL IMPACT There is no fiscal impact to the general fund. Contact Name: Representative Janice McGeachin Phone: 332-1000 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HJM 017