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SB 134: "An Act relating to medical assistance reimbursement for the services of licensed professional counselors; and providing for an effective date."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 134                                                                         
01 "An Act relating to medical assistance reimbursement for the services of licensed                                       
02 professional counselors; and providing for an effective date."                                                          
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 47.07.030(b) is amended to read:                                                                   
05 (b)  In addition to the mandatory services specified in (a) of this section and the                                     
06 services provided under (d) of this section, the department may offer only the                                          
07 following optional services: case management services for traumatic or acquired brain                                   
08 injury; case management and nutrition services for pregnant women; personal care                                        
09 services in a recipient's home; emergency hospital services; long-term care                                             
10 noninstitutional services; medical supplies and equipment; advanced practice                                            
11 registered nurse services; clinic services; rehabilitative services for children eligible                               
12 for services under AS 47.07.063, substance abusers, and emotionally disturbed or                                        
13 chronically mentally ill adults; targeted case management services; inpatient                                           
14 psychiatric facility services for individuals 65 years of age or older and individuals                                  
01 under 21 years of age; psychologists' services; clinical social workers' services; marital                              
02 and family therapy services; professional counseling services; midwife services;                                    
03 prescribed drugs; physical therapy; occupational therapy; chiropractic services; low-                                   
04 dose mammography screening, as defined in AS 21.42.375(e); hospice care; treatment                                      
05 of speech, hearing, and language disorders; adult dental services; prosthetic devices                                   
06 and eyeglasses; optometrists' services; intermediate care facility services, including                                  
07 intermediate care facility services for persons with intellectual and developmental                                     
08 disabilities; skilled nursing facility services for individuals under 21 years of age; and                              
09       reasonable transportation to and from the point of medical care.                                                  
10    * Sec. 2. AS 47.07.900 is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                               
11 (20)  "professional counseling services" means services within the                                                      
12 practice of professional counseling provided by a person licensed as a professional                                     
13 counselor under AS 08.29; professional counseling services may be provided at a                                         
14       facility that is not a provider of clinic services.                                                               
15    * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
16 read:                                                                                                                   
17 MEDICAID STATE PLAN FEDERAL APPROVAL. The Department of Health and                                                      
18 Social Services shall amend and submit for federal approval the state plan for medical                                  
19 assistance coverage consistent with AS 47.07.030(b), as amended by sec. 1 of this Act, and                              
20 AS 47.07.900(20), enacted by sec. 2 of this Act.                                                                        
21    * Sec. 4. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
22 read:                                                                                                                   
23 CONDITIONAL EFFECT; NOTIFICATION. (a) The commissioner of health and                                                    
24 social services shall notify the revisor of statutes in writing, on or before October 1, 2021, if                       
25 the United States Department of Health and Human Services approves the amendments to the                                
26 state plan for medical assistance coverage under AS 47.07.030(b), as amended by sec. 1 of                               
27 this Act, and AS 47.07.900(20), enacted by sec. 2 of this Act.                                                          
28 (b)  Sections 1 and 2 of this Act take effect only if the commissioner of health and                                    
29 social services notifies the revisor of statutes in writing as required under (a) of this section.                      
30    * Sec. 5. If, under sec. 4 of this Act, secs. 1 and 2 of this Act take effect, they take effect on                 
31 the day after the date the revisor of statutes receives notice from the commissioner of health                          
01 and social services under sec. 4 of this Act.