1998 Regular Session
By: Representatives Holland, Nettles, Barnett (92nd), Frierson, Moody, Read, Scott (17th), Stevens
House Bill 1736
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - DIVISION OF MEDICAID FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE MISSISSIPPI MEDICAID LAW AND DEFRAYING THE EXPENSES OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF SUCH LAW FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1999.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the State General Fund not otherwise appropriated, to the Governor's Office - Division of Medicaid for the purpose of providing medical assistance under the Mississippi Medicaid Law and defraying the expenses of the administration of such law, as provided in Section 43-13-101 et seq., Mississippi Code of 1972, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1998, and ending June 30, 1999
SECTION 2. The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the State Treasury to the credit of the Medical Care Fund created by Section 43-13-143, Mississippi Code of 1972, for the purpose of providing medical assistance under the Mississippi Medicaid Law for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1998, and ending June 30, 1999
SECTION 3. The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in any special fund in the State Treasury to the credit of the Governor's Office - Division of Medicaid which is comprised of special source funds collected by or otherwise available to the commission, for the purpose of providing medical assistance under the Mississippi Medicaid Law and defraying the expenses of the administration of such law, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1998, and ending June 30, 1999 $ 1,597,613,193.00.
Prior period recovery of funds may be maintained and expended by the division when the recovery is received or finalized.
SECTION 4. Of the funds appropriated under the provisions of Sections 1, 2 and 3, not more than the amounts set forth below shall be expended for the respective major objects or purposes of expenditure:
MAJOR OBJECTS OF EXPENDITURE:
Salaries, Wages and Fringe Benefits $ 15,377,385.00
Travel and Subsistence 464,999.00
Contractual Services 50,665,000.00
Other Than Equipment 0.00
Subsidies, Loans and Grants 1,916,928,200.00
Total $ 1,986,391,732.00
General Funds $ 204,370,198.00
Special Funds 1,782,021,534.00
Total $ 1,986,391,732.00
Permanent: Full Time. . . . . . . . . 409
Part Time. . . . . . . . . 0
Time-Limited: Full Time. . . . . . . . . 23
Part Time. . . . . . . . . 0
From the funds provided in the budget category "Personal Services: Salaries, Wages and Fringe Benefits," funds may be expended for the following purposes, in compliance with the policies established by the State Personnel Board and any conditions placed on such expenditures:
(a) The components of the Variable Compensation Plan shall be maintained within the constraints of the funds appropriated herein. Unless otherwise permitted by law, no single event, including promotion, reclassification or reallocation, shall exceed the greater of (1) the difference between the starting salary (start step) of the current classification and the new classification added to the employee's current salary (current step), or (2) the salary that could be paid to an equally qualified, newly hired employee. If an eligible employee is currently at or above the end salary for his or her job classification, then the increase authorized by subparagraphs (b), (c) and (d) shall be built into the employee's base salary. To be eligible, employees may not have a current performance rating below "meets expectations" (2.0), as of the effective date of the increase. Employees who subsequently receive a performance rating of "meets expectations" or above during Fiscal Year 1999 shall receive the salary increase effective the date of the rating.
(b) Funds are provided to adjust the Variable Compensation Plan, including realignment, to ensure that all full time employees receive a minimum increase of Six Hundred Dollars ($600.00) and not more than Nine Hundred Dollars ($900.00), to the next higher step.
(c) Funds are provided for MH-Direct Care Worker Classifications to receive an average increase of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00). It is the intention of the Legislature that MH-Direct Care Worker Classifications increases resulting from the provisions of Senate Bill No. 2100, 1997 Regular Session, may be fully implemented as funds become available.
(d) Funds are provided for a Nine Hundred Dollar ($900.00) increase for Information Technology positions. Agencies may effect additional increases in accordance with the Information Technology Special Compensation Plan established by the State Personnel Board as funds become available.
It is the agency's responsibility to make certain that funds required to be appropriated for "Personal Services" for Fiscal Year 2000 do not exceed Fiscal Year 1999 funds appropriated for that purpose unless programs or positions are added to the agency's budget by the Mississippi Legislature.
Any transfers or escalations shall be made in accordance with the terms, conditions and procedures established by law.
No general funds authorized to be expended herein shall be used to replace federal funds and/or other special funds which are being used for salaries authorized under the provisions of this act and which are withdrawn and no longer available.
It is the intent of the Legislature that the Health-Max Program be expanded statewide.
SECTION 5. In compliance with the "Mississippi Performance Budget and Strategic Planning Act of 1994," it is the intent of the Legislature that the funds provided herein shall be utilized in the most efficient and effective manner possible to achieve the intended mission of this agency. Based on the funding authorized, this agency shall make every effort to attain the targeted performance measures provided below:
Performance Measures Target
Administration as a percent of total budget 3.3
Recipients (persons) 540,000
Recipients in managed care 125,000
Primary care physicians 4,700
A reporting of the degree to which the performance targets set above have been or are being achieved shall be provided in the agency's budget request submitted to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for Fiscal Year 2000.
SECTION 6. It is the intent of the Legislature that there shall be no further expansion of the Capitated Managed Care Program beyond the six (6) counties that the Capitated Managed Care Program is currently in.
SECTION 7. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Division of Medicaid shall occupy an additional one and one-half (1 1/2) floors in the Robert E. Lee State Office Building. Any and all state agencies and boards occupying the needed space shall be vacated from that space.
SECTION 8. With the funds provided herein, it is the intention of the Legislature that Thirteen Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty-six Dollars ($13,786.00) shall be transferred to the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services for the statewide data network backbone.
SECTION 9. Of the funds provided herein, Three Million Nine Hundred Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($3,900,200.00) is provided to match federal funds for the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
SECTION 10. The money herein appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of any money in the State Treasury to the credit of the proper fund or funds as set forth in this act, upon warrants issued by the State Fiscal Officer; and the State Fiscal Officer shall issue his warrants upon requisitions signed by the proper person, officer or officers in the manner provided by law.
SECTION 11. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.