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H.781

Introduced by   Representatives Kiss of Burlington and Haas of Rochester

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Human services; personal needs allowance; Supplemental Security Income; Medicaid; nursing homes; residential care homes; assisted living residence

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to include an annual inflation adjustment for the personal needs allowance received by individuals eligible for Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid and residing in a nursing home, a residential care home, or an assisted living residence.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE PERSONAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE FOR LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS IN NURSING HOMES, RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES, OR ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  33 V.S.A. § 1307 is amended to read:

§ 1307.  AMOUNT OF STATE AID

(a)  The amount of state aid to which an eligible person is entitled shall be determined with due regard to the income, resources, and maintenance available to him the person and, when an eligible person lives with his an ineligible spouse and/or or a needy essential person, or both, as defined by the commissioner agency of human services, with due regard to the needs of his an ineligible spouse and with due regard to the needs, income, and resources of the needy essential person.  As far as funds are available, aid shall provide a reasonable subsistence compatible with decency and health.  The commissioner of prevention, assistance, transition, and health access secretary of human services may by regulation fix maximum amounts of aid and take measures to insure that the expenditures for the programs shall not exceed the funds provided for them.

(b)  The agency of human services shall provide an annual adjustment to the personal needs allowance for individuals residing in a skilled nursing facility, a residential care home, or an assisted living residence who receive Supplemental Security Income.  The annual adjustment shall increase by the rate of inflation.

Sec. 2.  33 V.S.A. § 1902a is added to read:

1902a.  MEDICAID PERSONAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE

The agency of human services shall provide an annual adjustment to the personal needs allowance for individuals who receive Medicaid and are residing in a skilled nursing facility, a residential care home, or an assisted living residence,.  The annual adjustment shall increase by the rate of inflation.

Sec. 3.  APPROPRIATION

The sum of $540,500.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the agency of human services in fiscal year 2007 to increase, on a one-time basis, the personal needs allowance state share to $30.00 per month per person.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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