Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 093188
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File Number: 093188 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1441-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: COUNTY PAY AT MEDICAID RATES FOR INMATE MEDICAL CARE Introduced: 11/30/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/15/2009
Agenda Date: 12/15/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A6
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS SB 218, HB 319 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION PROVIDING THAT COUNTIES PAY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AT MEDICAID RATES FOR INMATE MEDICAL CARE
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 12/15/2009 11A6 Adopted P

County Attorney 11/30/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS SB 218, HB 319 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION PROVIDING THAT COUNTIES PAY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AT MEDICAID RATES FOR INMATE MEDICAL CARE

BODY
WHEREAS, Florida law currently requires the cost of medical care, treatment, hospitalization and transportation for county-held inmates to be paid from the county’s general fund if the arrest was for a violation of state law or a county ordinance pursuant to section 901.35, Florida Statutes; and
WHEREAS, bills have been filed for consideration during the 2010 regular session, SB 218 by Senator Dennis Jones (R – Seminole) and HB 319 by Representative Ed Hooper (R  Clearwater), that would require payments by counties to health care providers at the state's Medicaid rate for medical services for inmates; and
WHEREAS, at least ten states have laws limiting the amount that can be charged for inmate medical care, including Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Washington and Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, Colorado has passed a state law providing for payments at Medicaid rates for inmate medical care; and
WHEREAS, many inmates would qualify for Medicaid if they were not incarcerated; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County currently pays health care providers at Medicaid rates for inmate medical care, but passage of state legislation would ensure that the County would continue to pay medical providers at the Medicaid rate for inmate medical care; and
WHEREAS, a similar bill was filed for consideration during the 2009 regular session, HB 823 by Representative Hooper, but this bill did not pass,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to pass SB 218, HB 319 or similar legislation that provides that counties pay health care providers at Medicaid rates for inmate medical care.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, the Senate President, the House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the issues identified in section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2010 state legislative package.



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