Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund Amendment, HB 533 (2014)
The Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund Amendment, HB 533 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Louisiana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would create the “Medical Assistance Trust Fund” to protect provider rates for nursing homes, pharmacies and intermediate-care facilities.
Text of measure
The official ballot text reads as follows:
|“||Do you support an amendment to authorize the legislature to create the Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund, for the payment of Medicaid reimbursement to the health care provider groups paying fees into the fund?
(Adds Article VII, Section 10.14)
|§10.14. Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund
(A) There is hereby established as a special fund in the state treasury the Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund, hereinafter referred to as "the fund", which shall consist of monies generated by fees as provided for in law. Subject to the exceptions contained in Article VII, Section 9(A) of this constitution, and after compliance with the requirements of Article VII, Section 9(B) of this constitution relative to the Bond Security and Redemption Fund, the treasurer shall deposit all proceeds from the fees collected as provided for in laws relative to the Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund into the fund. The monies in the fund shall be invested by the state treasurer in the same manner as monies in the state general fund. All interest earned from the investment of monies in the fund shall be deposited in and remain to the credit of the fund. All unexpended and unencumbered monies remaining in the fund at the close of each fiscal year shall remain in the fund.
(B) The treasurer is hereby authorized to establish a separate account within the fund for each health care provider group in which fees are collected according to law. Monies collected from each provider group, and the interest earned on those monies, shall be deposited into the account created for that provider group. Any monies deposited into the fund from sources not required by law, and the interest earned on those monies, shall be deposited into a separate account within the fund, hereafter referred to as "the general account".
(C) The legislature is authorized to appropriate monies from the fund only if the appropriation is eligible for federal financial participation under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, or its successor. The balance of each account shall be appropriated for reimbursement of services to the provider group which paid the fee into the account in any fiscal year, except monies deposited into the general account may be appropriated for any Medicaid Program expenditure.
(D) The monies appropriated from the provider accounts in the fund shall not be used to displace, replace, or supplant appropriations from the state general fund for the Medicaid Program below the amount of state general fund appropriations to the Medicaid Program for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.
The measure was introduced into the legislature by Rep. Charles Kleckley (R-36).
- Sen. Ronnie Johns (R-27)
- Sen. Fred Mills, Jr. (R-22)
- Sen. Gregory Tarver (D-39)
- Rep. Charles Kleckley (R-36)
- Rep. Walt Leger III (D-91)
- Louisiana Hospital Association
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Louisiana Constitution
State Representative Charles Kleckley (R-36) introduced a bill into the legislature to alter the constitution and put the measure before voters on March 29, 2013. The bill was approved through a two-thirds vote in both legislative chambers. HB 533 was approved by the Louisiana Senate on May 28, 2013. The amendment was approved by the Louisiana House of Representatives on June 2, 2013.
May 28, 2013 Senate vote
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June 2, 2013 House vote
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- Louisiana Legislature, "House Bill No. 533," accessed January 16, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Louisiana voters to decide on eight constitutional amendments in 2014," June 12, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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- Louisiana Hospital Association, "HB 532 and HB 533: Louisiana Hospital Stabilization Formula & Fund and Other Provider Protections," accessed January 16, 2014
- Louisiana Legislature, "Bill Info - HB 533," accessed January 16, 2014
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