Maine LD 647: An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Annually Update Its Rules Governing Services for Children with Cognitive Impairments and Functional Limitations

LD 647 (subjects: DISABLED PERSONS , CHILDREN )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=647&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Nathan Libby of Androscoggin: (D – District 21) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

0 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/3/2015 Senate Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Brakey of Androscoggin REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/3/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/5/2015 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin the Majority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 151 34 Yeas – 0 Nays- 1 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (S-193) READ and ADOPTED
Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-193)
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/5/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative GATTINE of Westbrook, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (S-193) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-193).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/8/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/9/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
6/22/2015 Senate LD 647 In Senate, June 22, 2015, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 33 IN FAVOR and 0 AGAINST, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the VETO was OVERRIDDEN.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/22/2015 House This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
ROLL CALL NO. 328V
86 having voted in the affirmative and 60 in the negative, with 5 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 647 as originally introduced. L.D. 647 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-193) .

An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Annually Update Its Rules Governing Services for Children with Cognitive Impairments and Functional Limitations

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 22 MRSA 3174-YY is enacted to read:

3174-YY. Coverage of rehabilitative and community support services for children with cognitive impairments and functional limitations

The department shall by July 1st of each year amend its rules to provide coverage and reimbursement for emerging evidence-based treatments that are rehabilitative and community support services for children with cognitive impairments and functional limitations. For the purposes of this section, “evidence-based treatments” means treatments that are identified by a working group consisting of department staff, providers of services, family members of children who receive services and advocates for children that integrate the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture and preference. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

Sec. 2. Rulemaking. By October 1, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services shall amend its Rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 28 regarding specialized services as follows:

1. Section 28.01-14 must be amended to include medically necessary treatment services that utilize the process of systematically applying interventions based upon empirically derived principles of behavior or development to improve socially significant behaviors to a measurable degree, and to demonstrate that interventions employed are effective in improving behavior. Section 28.01-14 must also be amended to specify that assessment includes systematic information gathering including interview, direct observation and other evidence-based tools and measures; and

2. Section 28.04-2 must be amended to include as specialized services for children with cognitive impairments and functional limitations evidence-based treatment services for members under 21 years of age that utilize interventions designed to improve socially significant behaviors and developmentally appropriate skills to a measurable degree. The services must include problem-solving activities with members and member caregivers.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to annually update MaineCare coverage for rehabilitative and community support services for children with cognitive impairments and functional limitations. The bill also requires the department to amend MaineCare rules for those services, specifically amending the definitions of and coverage for specialized services and specialized services for children with cognitive impairments and functional limitations.

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