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Funding for Payments to Certain Health Providers

SECTION 211.   (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the health policy commission shall enter into an interagency agreement with the executive office of health and human services to provide, without further appropriation, up to $32,307,769 in available funding from the Healthcare Payment Reform Fund, established in section 100 of chapter 194 of the acts of 2011, during fiscal year 2014, for payments required by section 262 of chapter 224 of the acts of 2012. Such payments shall be subject to sufficient funds received under such interagency agreement, and subject to all required federal approvals and the availability of federal financial participation. The comptroller shall transfer from the General Fund to the Healthcare Payment Reform Fund an amount equal to all federal revenue claimed by the executive office of health and human services and deposited into the General Fund that is attributable to any payments made pursuant to this section.

(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the office of Medicaid shall expend from any funds received under an interagency agreement under this section, subject to all required federal approvals and the availability of federal financial participation and subject to sufficient funds received under such interagency agreement, $12,307,769 to provide additional payment for inpatient and outpatient behavioral and mental health services provided by any acute care hospital that that has greater than 63 per cent of its gross patient service revenue from governmental payers and free care as determined by the executive office of health and human services; provided, however, that subject to all required federal approvals and the availability of federal financial participation and sufficient funding through the interagency agreement, such add on amounts shall be prioritized for services provided to children and adolescents.

(c) The interagency agreement under subsection (a) shall be effective upon deposit of sufficient funds into the Healthcare Payment Reform Fund under section 93 of chapter 194 of the acts of 2011.