Medicaid rate review bill passes Senate

Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2009

JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed Senate Bill 32, an act that creates an equitable and consistent process for rate review for the providers of home- and community-based Medicaid services. The bull aims to place these providers on a level playing field with the providers of institutional care. The bill was introduced by Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, and co-sponsored by nine other senators.

"It has long been the policy of the state to encourage the least restrictive and most cost-effective forms of care," Ellis said. "For years, these providers have depended on temporary fixes, and some have gone without rate increases for over a decade. These services are the key to our seniors and persons with developmental disabilities being able to live and work as full members of our communities. Without the regular rate review process in S.B. 32 many providers will be forced out of business and this valuable option will be taken away."

The bill will move on to the House for consideration.

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