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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
CHOICE and Medicaid waivers. Requires a local area agency on aging case manager to determine an individual's eligibility for the community and home options to institutional care for the elderly and disabled program (CHOICE) and to maintain records of eligible individuals. Prohibits the office of the secretary of family and social services (office of the secretary) from transferring or reverting back to the state general fund money that was appropriated for CHOICE under specified circumstances. Prohibits a reimbursement rate under CHOICE from being lower than the Medicaid waiver reimbursement rate for the same service. Allows the negotiation of higher reimbursement rates for CHOICE under specified circumstances. Requires Medicaid waiver services to meet the same service and quality standards as those required for CHOICE. Requires the office of the secretary to adopt a plan before July 1, 2007, to service all CHOICE eligible individuals by January 1, 2008. Requires the office of the secretary to report to the health finance commission concerning the progress in the implementation of these provisions.