Medicaid reimbursement bill advances

TRENTON – The Senate Budget Committee released a bill dealing with Medicaid reimbursement and one dealing with support for the Special Olympics.

S2241: The purpose of this bill, passed 9-0-4, is to prohibit Medicaid managed care organizations from reducing provider reimbursement rates without approval from the Department of Human Services.

Republican Sens. Steve Oroho, Kevin O’Toole, Anthony Bucco and Joseph Pennacchio abstained.

Under this bill, a health maintenance organization that contracts with the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in DHS to provide benefits under a managed care plan to persons who are eligible for Medicaid or the NJ FamilyCare Program is not to reduce reimbursement rates to participating health care providers in that plan without obtaining prior written approval to do so from the Commissioner of Human Services.

S1855: This bill, passed unanimously, provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross income tax returns to support New Jersey athletes participating in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. 

The bill establishes a special fund in the Department of the Treasury, to be known as the “2014 NJ Special Olympics Home Team Fund,” to which all donations collected from voluntary contributions are deposited. 

The bill requires the Legislature to appropriate all funds deposited in the special fund to Special Olympics New Jersey to help fund the training and participation of New Jersey athletes in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.