Fiscal Note Halts HB 1031

February 12, 2010

The CDA has been active in HB 1031, the bill to address Medicaid provider participation through bidding administration of Medicaid program out to a separate, third-party benefits organization.

Yesterday, the bill was postponed indefinitely by the House HHS committee last week (it died).

HB 1031 was estimated to save the state about $1 million per year once implemented. However, the bill also had upfront costs of about $3 million. In a desperate fiscal climate, we expected a challenging environment in moving the bill forward. However, there were many legislator comments in support of the concept and encouragement to bring the bill again in a better fiscal year.

A special thanks to Dr. Jeff Hurst who testified in support of the bill on behalf of the CDA.