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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
CHOICE funding. Allows the health finance commission to study implementation of long term care services. Provides that money that was appropriated but not spent in a fiscal year for the community and home options to institutional care and disabled program (CHOICE) does not revert and may be used in the following fiscal year for certain programs. Provides that provider rates for home and community based services must be set to ensure that providers do not lose money and shall be set in the same manner that rates are set for CHOICE. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to develop procedures for eliminating reimbursement to nursing homes for unused beds. Requires the division of disability, aging, and rehabilitative services and the area agencies on aging to develop teams of volunteers to assist in the placement of persons in home and community based service programs. Appropriates CHOICE money that does not revert. Appropriates $5,456,800 to the office of the secretary of family and social services for the CHOICE program for the state fiscal year ending June 30, 2005. Appropriates $10,000,000 from the state general fund from federal Medicaid money for implementation of P.L.274-2003 for the state fiscal ending June 30, 2005. Appropriates $5,000,000 from money received under the federal jobs and growth tax relief reconciliation act of 2003 for implementation of long term care services and respite care services for state fiscal year ending June 30, 2005.