Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2010

Governor's Budget Recommendation FY 2010

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Children's Medical Security Plan

SECTION 17.   Section 10F of chapter 118E of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out subsections (a) and (b), as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following 2 subsections:-
          (a) There shall be a program to provide primary and preventive health care services for uninsured dependent and adopted youths from birth through age 18, in this section called the program; but only those youths who are ineligible for medical benefits pursuant to this chapter shall be eligible for the services defined in this section. The secretary of health and human services shall administer the program, subject to appropriation. The covered services available from the program shall be set forth in regulations of the executive office of health and human services as the secretary determines is appropriate, but at a minimum shall include the following:-
          (1) preventive pediatric health care visits and well-child visits, including immunizations and screening tests;
          (2) primary care health care services customarily furnished by or through a general practitioner, family physician, internal medicine physician, obstetrician/gynecologist, pediatrician, independent nurse practitioner, to the extent the furnishing of those services is legally authorized in the commonwealth, but primary care shall not include emergency or
poststabilization services provided in a hospital or other setting;
          (3) unlimited sick visits in a primary care provider's office.
          (b) Additional services under the program shall include the following, but coverage for specific services within each category and the benefit limitations shall be at the secretary's discretion:
          (1) dental health care, including preventive dental care; but no funds shall be expended for cosmetic or surgical dentistry;
          (2) prescription drugs;
          (3) behavioral health.

This section revises the requirements for the Children's Medical Security Plan to allow MassHealth to have the capability of processing claims within the Medicaid Management Information System. In addition, this section will provide flexibility in designing the benefits so that the future benefit design can be evaluated in the context of MassHealth benefits and the needs of the population.

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