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Budget Summary FY2018

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40000601 - MassHealth Senior Care
Data Current as of:  12/6/2017

Account Description FY2017
4000-0601 MassHealth Senior Care
For health care services provided to MassHealth members who are seniors and for the operation of the MassHealth senior care options program under section 9D of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to recipients in prior fiscal years; provided further, that no payment for special provider costs shall be made from this item without the prior written approval of the secretary of administration and finance; provided further, that funds shall be expended from this item to maintain a personal needs allowance of $72.80 per month for individuals residing in nursing and rest homes who are eligible for MassHealth, emergency aid to the elderly, the disabled and children program or supplemental security income; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for any nursing home or non-acute chronic disease hospital that provides kosher food to its residents, the executive office of elder affairs, in consultation with the center for health information and analysis and in recognition of the special innovative program status granted by the executive office of health and human services, shall continue to make the standard payment rates established in fiscal year 2006 to reflect the high dietary costs incurred in providing kosher food; provided further, that MassHealth shall maintain the same respite benefits for adult foster caregivers that were in effect January 1, 2015; provided further, that nursing facility rates effective on October 1, 2017 may be developed using the costs of calendar year 2007 or any subsequent year selected by the secretary of health and human services; provided further, that MassHealth shall reimburse nursing facilities for up to 20 medical leave-of-absence days and up to 10 nonmedical leave-of-absence days; provided further, that medical leave-of-absence days shall include an observation stay in a hospital in excess of 24 hours; and provided further, that no nursing home may reassign a patient's bed during a leave of absence that is eligible for reimbursement under this item
0 3,520,335,443

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