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§35-17-1  Purpose and membership. –

Published: 2015

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Medical Assistance and Public Assistance Caseload Estimating Conferences

SECTION 35-17-1

   § 35-17-1  Purpose and membership. –

(a) In order to provide for a more stable and accurate method of financial

planning and budgeting, it is hereby declared the intention of the legislature

that there be a procedure for the determination of official estimates of

anticipated medical assistance expenditures and public assistance caseloads,

upon which the executive budget shall be based and for which appropriations by

the general assembly shall be made.

   (b) The state budget officer, the house fiscal advisor, and

the senate fiscal advisor shall meet in regularly scheduled caseload estimating

conferences (C.E.C.). These conferences shall be open public meetings.

   (c) The chairpersonship of each regularly scheduled C.E.C.

will rotate among the state budget officer, the house fiscal advisor, and the

senate fiscal advisor, hereinafter referred to as principals. The schedule

shall be arranged so that no chairperson shall preside over two (2) successive

regularly scheduled conferences on the same subject.

   (d) Representatives of all state agencies are to participate

in all conferences for which their input is germane.

   (e) The department of human services shall provide monthly

data to the members of the caseload estimating conference by the fifteenth day

of the following month. Monthly data shall include, but is not limited to,

actual caseloads and expenditures for the following case assistance programs:

Rhode Island Works, SSI state program, general public assistance, and child

care. The executive office of health and human services shall report relevant

caseload information and expenditures for the following medical assistance

categories: hospitals, long-term care, managed care, pharmacy, and other

medical services. In the category of managed care, caseload information and

expenditures for the following populations shall be separately identified and

reported: children with disabilities, children in foster care, and children

receiving adoption assistance. The information shall include the number of

Medicaid recipients whose estate may be subject to a recovery and the

anticipated amount to be collected from those subject to recovery, the total

recoveries collected each month and number of estates attached to the

collections and each month, the number of open cases and the number of cases

that have been open longer than three months.

History of Section.

(P.L. 1991, ch. 44, art. 54, § 1; P.L. 1998, ch. 31, art. 18, § 1;

P.L. 2000, ch. 55, art. 23, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 168, § 1; P.L. 2004,

ch. 247, § 1; P.L. 2010, ch. 23, art. 20, § 4; P.L. 2012, ch. 241,

art. 18, § 4; P.L. 2015, ch. 141, art. 5, § 6.)