Mr. Dempsey of Haverhill, for the committee on Ways and Means, on House, No. 3695, reported, in part, a Bill making appropriations for the fiscal years 2011 and 2012 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (House, No. 3735).
|10/5/2011||House||Reported from the House committee on Ways and Means|
|10/5/2011||House||Reported on a part of H3695|
|10/5/2011||House||Committee recommended ought to pass and referred to the House committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling|
|10/5/2011||House||Committee reported that the matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next sitting|
|10/5/2011||House||Read second and ordered to a third reading|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 3 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 28 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Motion to reconsider negatived|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 11 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 19 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 16 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 27 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 32 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 21 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 2 withdrawn|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 20 withdrawn|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 4 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 17 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 6 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 14 pending|
|10/5/2011||House||Further amendment adopted, precluding vote|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 5 pending|
|10/5/2011||House||Further amendment adopted|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 5 adopted, as changed|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 29 adopted, as changed|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 1 adopted|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 8 adopted|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 26 adopted|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 24 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Amendment 25 rejected|
|10/5/2011||House||Passed to be engrossed - 150 YEAS to 1 NAYS (See YEA and NAY in Supplement, No. 118)|
|10/5/2011||House||Published as amended, see H3737|
Mr. Lyons of Andover moves to amend House, No. 3735 by inserting at the end thereof the following section: -
Section 99. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the executive office of administration and finance shall prepare a report on the following: 1) the total amount of the state budget that is being used to fund individual, family, and other benefits or expenditures on behalf of citizens of the United States who are residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; 2) the total amount of the state budget that is being used to fund individual, family, and other benefits or expenditures on behalf of persons holding Green Cards who are residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; 3) the total amount of the state budget that is being used to fund individual, family, and other benefits or expenditures on behalf of citizens of the United States whose residence in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts cannot be established; and 4) the total amount of the state budget that is being used to fund individual, family, and other benefits and expenditures on behalf of all other persons. (b) Said report shall also itemize expenditures used to provide services to residents of the Commonwealth, non-residents, and those whose residence cannot be identified with respect to: legal services, including but not limited to criminal defense costs; translations and translator services; the detention of prisoners; and the Health Safety Net program, including cost to government, cost shifting to other payers or insurers, and the cost to hospitals, clinics, and other health-care providers. (c) In calculating the amounts described in subsections (a) and (b), the executive office of administration and finance shall utilize generally accepted accounting principles encompassing all state spending. (d) Said report shall be filed with to the chair and ranking minority member of the house committee on ways and means, the chair and ranking minority member of the senate committee on ways and means, and the clerks of the house of representatives and senate no later than April 1, 2012.
Representative Sullivan of Fall River moves that the bill be amended in Section 2, by inserting after item 7004-0002, the following item:
7004-0109 For a pilot program for stabilization services provided by regional homeless networks, including programs designed to support and leverage HomeBASE; provided, that this implementation shall be developed in collaboration with the interagency council to end homelessness, as established in Executive Order 492 $5,000,000
Representative Sullivan of Fall River moves to that the bill be amended by inserting after item 7052-0006, the following item: 7061-9626 For a program for the education and development training of disconnected youth throughout the state; including programs designed towards getting a GED and high school diploma, job training through renovating and building affordable housing, and training youth in leadership development, community service, and life skills for unemployed and uneducated young people aged 16 to 24 years old 1,093,000
Representative Atsalis of Barnstable moves to amend H3735 by adding at the end a new section:
Section_____ And provided further that not less than $20Million will be made available for Community DSH hospitals so designated by the Administration as of June 30, 2011; and not recognized as a DSH hospital in Group A category of hospitals as so designated in the prior 1115 Waiver that ended June 30, 2011 and not included for funding in the recently revised proposal by the Administration for the 1115 Waiver Renewal currently under negotiation between the Federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Said money shall be distributed through a formula that recognizes the volume of both Medicaid and Medicare utilization in said hospitals.
Ms. Malia of Boston moves to amend the bill by striking out section 18 and inserting in place thereof the following sections:
“SECTION __. If, after a hearing, the court based upon competent testimony finds that said person is an alcoholic or substance abuser and there is a likelihood of serious harm as a result of the person’s alcoholism or substance abuse, it may order such person to be committed for a period not to exceed 90 days, followed by the availability of case management services provided by the department of public health for a period up to 1 year; a review of the necessity of said commitment shall take place by the superintendent on days 30, 45, 60 and 75 as long as the commitment continues. A person so committed may be released prior to the expiration of the period of commitment upon written determination by the superintendent that release of said person will not result in a likelihood of serious harm. Such commitment shall be for the purpose of inpatient care in public or private facilities approved by the department of public health under the provisions of chapter 111B for the care and treatment of alcoholism or substance abuse. The person may be committed to the Massachusetts correctional institution at Bridgewater, if a male, or at Framingham, if a female, provided that there are not suitable facilities available under chapter 111B; and provided, further, that the person so committed shall be housed and treated separately from convicted criminals. Said person shall be encouraged to consent to further treatment and shall be allowed voluntarily to remain in the facility for such purposes. The department of mental health, in conjunction with the department of public health, shall maintain a roster of public and private facilities available, together with the number of beds currently available, for the care and treatment of alcoholism or substance abuse and shall make it available to the district courts of the commonwealth on a monthly basis.”
“SECTION __. Section __ shall take effect on July 1, 2012.”
Representative Wolf of Cambridge moves to amend the bill by adding the following section:
Section XX. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the regulations governing the number of covered days for nursing home medical and non-medical leaves of absence shall be no more restrictive than those regulations in effect as of October 1, 2011.
Mr. Walsh of Lynn moves to amend the bill, House Bill 3735, in Section 19, line 481 by striking out the following number: “2011” and inserting in place thereof the following:- “2010”.
Mr. Walsh of Lynn and Mr. Mariano of Quincy move to amend House 3735 by adding the following section;
Subsection (b) of section 11 of Chapter 176J is hereby amended by inserting the following at the end thereof:-
provided , however, that (i) until June 30, 2013 or until such time as a comprehensive set of nationally endorsed quality measures are available relating specifically to the services of comprehensive cancer centers, pediatric hospitals or pediatric specialty units, as defined in section 1 of chapter 118G, whichever is sooner, such centers, hospitals, or units shall be classed in the lower-cost sharing tier if the carrier uses only two tiers for classifying providers, or no higher than the tier above the lowest cost share tier if the carrier uses more than two tiers for classifying providers; (ii) for pediatric hospitals and pediatric specialty units, the comprehensive set of measures shall be pediatric-specific, similar in scope to those used for acute hospitals generally, and shall include inpatient, subspecialty, ambulatory, and patient satisfaction measures; (iii) for comprehensive cancer centers the comprehensive set of measures shall be specific to freestanding comprehensive cancer centers as established pursuant to the federal Affordable Care Act ;and(iv) when the nationally endorsed quality measures referenced in (i) through (iii) above are available, they shall be applied for tiering comprehensive cancer centers, pediatric hospitals, or pediatric specialty units provided that assessment of the quality of such centers, hospitals or units shall be based only on a comparison with their respective peer specialty provider groups nationally.
Said section 11 of Chapter 176J is hereby further amended by inserting after subsection (b) the following subsection:-
(b ½) A select network plan shall not have cost sharing associated with the receipt of services of a comprehensive cancer center, a pediatric hospital, or pediatric specialty unit, where such services have been determined to be medically necessary by the patient’s physician or physicians, that is any higher than the lowest copayment obligation established by such carrier for the receipt of any health care services offered through the carrier’s select network.
A select network plan shall not provide any financial incentive to a participating provider that is intended to inhibit such provider’s decision to refer an enrollee in such product for the receipt of the services of a comprehensive cancer center, pediatric hospital or pediatric specialty unit.
The requirements of subsections (b) and (b ½) shall apply to all tiered network and limited network plans with respect to which a carrier enters into, renews or extends a network provider agreement with comprehensive cancer centers, pediatric hospitals or pediatric specialty units on or after January 1, 2012, provided that a comprehensive cancer center, pediatric hospital or pediatric specialty unit shall be entitled to appeal a carrier’s decision with regard to the tier level into which it has been placed under agreements in effect prior to January 1, 2012.
The Division of Insurance shall promulgate regulations consistent with the provisions of subsections (b) and (b ½).
Representative Coakley-Rivera of Springfield moves that the bill be amended in section 2, by inserting after line item 8910-0619, the following item:
8910-0102 For Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. of Springfield…..$60,000
Representative Coakley-Rivera of Springfield moves to amend the bill in section 2, by inserting after line item 0340-1100, the following item:-
0340-0501 For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Hampden district attorney’s office……$45,000
Mr. Lyons of Andover and Beaton of Shrewsbury move to amend House Bill 3735 in section 2 by inserting after item 7052-0006 the following item:
“7061-0012 ................. $32,787,563”;
and further, by striking in SECTION 92, in line 951 (as printed), the figure “$350,000,000” and inserting in place thereof the following: “$315,000,000”
Representative Sullivan of Fall River moves that the bill be amended in Section 2 by inserting after item 9110-1660 , the following item:
9110-1630 For the purpose of providing comprehensive Mass Home Care services 1,353,115
Mr. Scibak of Hadley moves to amend the bill by striking section 66 and inserting in place thereof:
SECTION 66. Item 0337-0002 of said section 2 of said chapter 68 is hereby amended by striking out the words “that in fiscal year 2012 the department shall proportionately reduce the amount allocated to the CASA programs as appearing in items 0337-0300, 0337-0400, 0337-0600, 0337-0700, and 0337-0900 of section 2 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- the department shall expend funds for the CASA programs as appearing in items 0337-0300, 0337-0400, 0337-0600, and 0337-0700 of section 2 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008, provided, however, that the department shall expend funds for the CASA programs as appearing in items 0337-0300, 0337-0400, 0337-0600, and 0337-0700 of section 2 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008, provided, however, that the department may reduce funding to each item not more than the proportional reduction to item 0337-0002 from section 2 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008
Representative O'Connell of Taunton moves to amend the bill by inserting the following section: “Section XX. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, beginning no later than April 1, 2012, the department of transitional assistance shall include on the front of all newly issued and re-issued electronic benefits transfer cards, a photograph of the cardholder. Beginning no later than December 1, 2012, the department of transitional assistance shall include on the front of all electronic benefits transfer cards, a photograph of the cardholder.”.
Emergency Preamble: Yes