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Budget Summary FY2010

Outside Section 119
Data Current as of:  1/26/2010




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Transfers Among Health Care Funds

SECTION 119.   (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, on or before October 1, 2009 and without further appropriation, the comptroller shall transfer from the General Fund to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund, established pursuant to section 36 of chapter 118G of the General Laws and in this subsection referred to as the fund, the greater of $45,000,000 or one-twelfth the total expenditures to hospitals and community health centers as required by subsection (b), for the purpose of making initial gross payments to qualifying acute care hospitals for the hospital fiscal year beginning October 1, 2009. These payments shall be made to hospitals before, and in anticipation of, the payment by hospitals of their gross liability to the fund. The comptroller shall transfer from the fund to the General Fund not later than June 30, 2010, the amount of the transfer authorized by this subsection and any allocation thereof as certified by the director of the health safety net office.

(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the comptroller shall, in consultation with the state treasurer, the secretary of administration and finance and the secretary of health and human services, develop a schedule for transferring funds among the General Fund, the Commonwealth Care Trust Fund established pursuant to section 2OOO of chapter 29 of the General Laws, and the Health Safety Net Trust Fund. Not less than $591,685,136 shall be transferred from the General Fund to the Commonwealth Care Trust Fund. The hospital fiscal year 2010 payment amount to each hospital shall be funded by the Health Safety Net Trust Fund. Payments may be made either as safety net care payments under the commonwealth's 1115 waiver, or as an adjustment to Title XIX service rate payments, or a combination thereof. The executive office of health and human services and the health safety net office may use other federally permissible funding mechanisms available for public service hospitals, as defined in 114.1 CMR 36.02, to reimburse up to $70,000,000 of uncompensated care at the hospitals using sources distinct from the funding made available to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund. The schedule shall provide for transfers in increments considered appropriate to meet the cash flow needs of these funds. The transfers shall not begin before July 1, 2009 and shall be completed on or before June 30, 2010. The secretary of administration and finance, in consultation with the secretary of health and human services and the executive director of the commonwealth health insurance connector, shall on a quarterly basis evaluate the revenue needs of the health safety net program funded by the Health Safety Net Trust Fund and the Commonwealth Care subsidized health insurance program funded from the Commonwealth Care Trust Fund, and if necessary, transfer monies between these funds for the purpose of ensuring that sufficient revenues are available to support projected program expenditures. The secretary of health and human services in consultation with the secretary of administration and finance and the executive director of the commonwealth health insurance connector, shall submit a quarterly report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and joint committee on healthcare financing which shall include, but not be limited to, the projected and actual expenditures and revenues for the Commonwealth Care Trust Fund and any transfers made between the Health Safety Net Trust Fund and the Commonwealth Care Trust Fund.

(c) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the comptroller shall, in consultation with the office of the state treasurer, the executive office of administration and finance and the executive office of health and human services, develop a schedule and make a series of transfers not to exceed $399,000,000 from the General Fund to the MassHealth provider payment account in the Medical Assistance Trust Fund, established pursuant to section 2QQQ of chapter 29 of the General Laws, if the comptroller has determined that General Fund revenues are sufficient to accommodate the schedule of transfers. These funds may be expended only for services provided during state or federal fiscal year 2010, and no amounts previously or subsequently transferred into the Medical Assistance Trust Fund may be expended on payments described in the 1115 demonstration waiver for services provided during state fiscal year 2010 or payments described in the state plan for services provided during federal fiscal year 2010. All payments from the Medical Assistance Trust Fund shall be subject to the availability of federal financial participation, shall be made only in accordance with federally-approved payment methods, shall be consistent with federal funding requirements and all federal payment limits as determined by the secretary of health and human services, and shall be subject to the terms and conditions of an agreement with the executive office of health and human services. Any increase in payment made from the trust fund totaling an amount greater than $251,000,000 in fiscal year 2010 shall be made only after the secretary of health and human services certifies that any increase in payments from the trust fund shall not exceed the negotiated limit for section 1115 waiver spending. The secretary of health and human services shall notify, in writing, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and the joint committee on healthcare financing for any increases in payments within 15 days. The secretary of the executive office of health and human services shall make a payment of up to $265,000,000 from the Medical Assistance Trust Fund to the Cambridge public health commission for dates of service in state and federal fiscal year 2010 only after the Cambridge public health commission transfers up to $106,000,000 of its funds to the Medical Assistance Trust Fund, using a federally permissible source of funds which shall fully satisfy the nonfederal share of such payment. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, for state and federal fiscal year 2010, such payment to the Cambridge public health commission from this fund may include an amount up to $20,000,000 for which no intergovernmental transfer is required, but for which federal financial participation is otherwise available.