Senators in Minnesota seek to soften blow of upcoming Medicaid cut

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Two senators in the Minnesota state legislature have introduced a bill to address a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act that would limit the federal portion of Medicaid reimbursement for HME to competitive bidding-influenced Medicare reimbursement starting in 2018. The bill, introduced by Sens. Jim Abeler and Greg Clausen and still in draft form, reads: “Effective for services provided on or after January 1, 2018, the commissioner shall make supplemental payments to providers of durable medical equipment and medical supplies, for those items for which application of the medical assistance federal match payment limit specified in United States Code, title 42, section 1396b(i)(27), would result in a reduction in payment from the medical assistance payment rate in effect on December 31, 2017. The supplemental payment for each item shall be no less than the difference between the medical assistance payment rate in effect on December 31, 2017, and the medical assistance payment rate under United States Code, title 42, section 1396b(i)(27).”“There is a lot of work that will continue to see this bill goes through,” the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services stated in a bulletin to members.