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SB 259-EFFECTIVE DATE: MEDICAL ASSISTANCE LAWS                                                                                
9:03:46 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WILSON announced that the  first order of business would be                                                               
SENATE  BILL  NO.  259,  "An  Act  repealing  certain  provisions                                                               
relating to applications for  medical assistance coverage; making                                                               
certain provisions  of ch. 96,  SLA 2006,  retroactive; providing                                                               
for an effective  date by repealing an effective  date section in                                                               
ch. 96,  SLA 2006;  providing for an  effective date  for certain                                                               
sections  of ch.  96, SLA  2006; and  providing for  an effective                                                               
9:04:35 AM                                                                                                                    
KATHRYN  KURTZ,  Assistant  Revisor, Legislative  Legal  Counsel,                                                               
Legislative  Legal  and  Research Services,  Legislative  Affairs                                                               
Agency, explained that  SB 259 was a special  revisor's bill that                                                               
was necessary to  change the wording of an  effective date clause                                                               
pertaining  to the  Medical Assistance  Act of  2006.   Ms. Kurtz                                                               
stated that  the revision provided  by the bill was  supported by                                                               
the  Department of  Law  (DOL)  and the  Department  of Health  &                                                               
Social Services (DHSS).                                                                                                         
9:05:43 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WILSON opined  that the memorandum in  the committee packet                                                               
from Ms. Kurtz explained the situation well.                                                                                    
9:05:52 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  FAIRCLOUGH referred  to the  memorandum from  Ms.                                                               
Kurtz, dated March 27, 2008, and  asked for an explanation of the                                                               
amendments that were disapproved by the federal government.                                                                     
9:06:08 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  KURTZ   explained  that  the  disapproved   provisions  were                                                               
repealed by the bill.                                                                                                           
9:06:34 AM                                                                                                                    
JON SHERWOOD, Office of Program  Review, Department of Health and                                                               
Social Services  (DHSS), further explained that  the disapprovals                                                               
were for Medicare  state plan amendments.   One amendment imposed                                                               
a $500,000 asset limit on  private residences and one changed the                                                               
authority of adults  to apply for Medicare on  behalf of children                                                               
under 18 years of age.                                                                                                          
9:07:35 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  GARDNER  noted  that  SB  259  repeals  statutory                                                               
language, in  AS 47.07.020  (J), dealing with  who can  apply for                                                               
Medicare for  a child  under the age  of 18.   She asked  how the                                                               
determination would be made after the repeal.                                                                                   
9:08:02 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  SHERWOOD  answered  that  the  existing  policy  remains  in                                                               
effect, which  states that any  responsible person can  apply, on                                                               
behalf of a  child, if the child  is living at home.   The parent                                                               
would have  to cooperate in  the application, but currently  if a                                                               
child is  in a situation  where their  parent can not  apply, the                                                               
application will be accepted from another responsible party.                                                                    
9:08:57 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  GARDNER ascertained  that  "we're  not leaving  a                                                               
MR. SHERWOOD indicated not.                                                                                                     
9:09:09 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  WILSON recalled  a previous  policy  change regarding  the                                                               
adoption of a person over the age  of 18.  She asked if this bill                                                               
affects that statute.                                                                                                           
MR.  SHERWOOD said  this bill  does  not affect  the adoption  of                                                               
adult children.                                                                                                                 
9:09:58 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  ROSES moved  to report  SB 259  out of  committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
notes.   There being no objection,  SB 259 was reported  from the                                                               
House Health, Education and Social Services Standing Committee.                                                                 

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