OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5483

AN ACT CONCERNING COVERAGE OF TELEMEDICINE SERVICES UNDER MEDICAID.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 3319)

House Calendar No. : 281

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 13 $

FY 14 $

Social Services, Dept.

GF - Cost

Indeterminate

Indeterminate

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill permits the Department of Social Services (DSS) to establish a demonstration project to offer telemedicine services as a Medicaid-covered service at federally-qualified health centers. The bill may result in a cost to the DSS if a demonstration project is implemented. The cost of the project is indeterminate and would be dependent on yet to be established rates and program utilization. This service is not and has not been a Medicaid-covered service; therefore data on cost is not currently available.

House “A” made the following changes which do not result in a fiscal impact: 1) various technical and conforming changes 2) removed the requirement that the Department of Social Services establish rates and regulations in consultation with the Department of Public Health, and 3) removed the reporting deadline and instead requires a report should a demonstration project be implemented.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.