Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 2 Fiscal Year 2013

Governor's Budget Recommendation FY 2013

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Authority to Restructure MassHealth Benefits

SECTION 26.   Notwithstanding section 53 of chapter 118E of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the secretary of health and human services may manage the MassHealth program within the appropriated levels in items 4000-0430, 4000-0500, 4000-0600, 4000-0700, 4000-0870, 4000-0875, 4000-0880, 4000-0890, 4000-0895, 4000-0950, 4000-0990, 4000-1400 and 4000-1405 by restructuring benefits to the extent permitted by federal law. At least 90 days before restructuring any MassHealth benefits under this section, the secretary shall file a report with the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the proposed changes and the anticipated fiscal impact of those changes.

This section authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to restructure MassHealth benefits within state appropriation limits and as allowed by federal law, and requires 90 days advance report to the Legislature on the fiscal impact of any proposed restructuring.

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