Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/11/1993 03:00 PM HES

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  HB 155:  MEDICAID RATE AUDIT PROCEDURES                                      
  Number 046                                                                   
  REP. G. DAVIS testified as PRIME SPONSOR of HB 155.  He                      
  recalled the committee's lengthy previous consideration of                   
  the bill (on Feb. 24) and said that in the interim there had                 
  been much discussion between himself, the Department of                      
  Health and Social Services, the Alaska State Hospital &                      
  Nursing Home Association (ASHNA), and some additional                        
  research concerning the bill.  He announced that it had been                 
  agreed that he should ask the committee to pass the bill to                  
  the House Finance Committee, where concerns about the bill's                 
  fiscal notes and other concerns would be addressed in a                      
  subcommittee.  He noted a request for some technical                         
  amendments, passed out copies to all members, read them, and                 
  asked for unanimous approval.                                                
  Number 105                                                                   
  CHAIR TOOHEY called for objections to the amendments, and,                   
  hearing none, declared the amendments passed.                                
  REP. G. DAVIS noted the distribution of a letter to Rep.                     
  Toohey from Jay Livey, commissioner of the Department of                     
  Health and Social Services, describing the department's                      
  efforts to bring their audits up to date within a year by                    
  contracting out work.  He said a representative from the                     
  department was present to testify as to the department's                     
  preference and the concurrence of the ASHNA to pass HB 155                   
  to the House Finance Committee, where the substantial fiscal                 
  note could be addressed.                                                     
  Number 132                                                                   
  REP. BUNDE moved passage of HB 155 from the committee, and                   
  asked unanimous consent for the passage to be with                           
  individual recommendations.                                                  
  REP. KOTT objected, saying he wanted to hear a                               
  representative of the Department of Health and Social                        
  Services attest as to the department's agreement with the                    
  committee's action.                                                          
  Number 143                                                                   
  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, testified for the                  
  record that Rep. G. Davis had accurately expressed the                       
  department's position.  He repeated that the department                      
  opposed passage of the bill as drafted, but believed that                    
  its concerns might be better addressed in the Finance                        
  REP. KOTT withdrew his objection to the motion to pass                       
  HB 155 from committee.                                                       
  CHAIR TOOHEY asked again for objections to the motion to                     
  pass HB 155 from committee, and, hearing none, declared the                  
  bill passed from committee as moved, with individual                         
  There being no further business before the committee, CHAIR                  
  TOOHEY ADJOURNED the meeting at 3:17 p.m.                                    

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