As I have done earlier with House Bill 36, I want to take this opportunity to track Senate Bill 36.
Its purpose, as mentioned in the text of the bill, is…
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide 100 percent reimbursement for medical assistance provided to a Native Hawaiian through a Federally-qualified health center or a Native Hawaiian health care system.
To be really wonky, Senator Inouye’s legislation would do the following. It would add the text in bold below to Section 1905(b) of the Social Security Act so that the new section would read…
Notwithstanding the first sentence of this section, the Federal medical assistance percentage shall be 100 per centum with respect to amounts expended as medical assistance for services which are received through an Indian Health Service facility whether operated by the Indian Health Service or by an Indian tribe or tribal organization (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act) , and with respect to medical assistance provided to a Native Hawaiian (as defined in section 12 of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act) through a Federally-qualified health center or a Native Hawaiian health care system (as so defined) whether directly, by referral, or under contract or other arrangement between a Federally-qualified health center or a Native Hawaiian health care system and another health care provider.
Now that that is completely understood (and aren’t you glad to see how the sausage is made), I can tell you that as of this writing, the bill has been referred to the Committee on Finance.
Odds are it sits there and wait…probably singing that tune from Schoolhouse Rock.