Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act/Title II/Subtitle H

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Subtitle H—Improved Coordination for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries[edit]

SEC. 2601. 5-YEAR PERIOD FOR DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS.[edit]

(a) In General- Section 1915(h) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396n(h)) is amended--
(1) by inserting `(1)' after `(h)';
(2) by inserting `, or a waiver described in paragraph (2)' after `(e)'; and
(3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
`(2)(A) Notwithstanding subsections (c)(3) and (d) (3), any waiver under subsection (b), (c), or (d), or a waiver under section 1115, that provides medical assistance for dual eligible individuals (including any such waivers under which non dual eligible individuals may be enrolled in addition to dual eligible individuals) may be conducted for a period of 5 years and, upon the request of the State, may be extended for additional 5-year periods unless the Secretary determines that for the previous waiver period the conditions for the waiver have not been met or it would no longer be cost-effective and efficient, or consistent with the purposes of this title, to extend the waiver.
`(B) In this paragraph, the term `dual eligible individual' means an individual who is entitled to, or enrolled for, benefits under part A of title XVIII, or enrolled for benefits under part B of title XVIII, and is eligible for medical assistance under the State plan under this title or under a waiver of such plan.'.
(b) Conforming Amendments-
(1) Section 1915 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396n) is amended--
(A) in subsection (b), by adding at the end the following new sentence: `Subsection (h)(2) shall apply to a waiver under this subsection.';
(B) in subsection (c)(3), in the second sentence, by inserting `(other than a waiver described in subsection (h)(2))' after `A waiver under this subsection';
(C) in subsection (d)(3), in the second sentence, by inserting `(other than a waiver described in subsection (h)(2))' after `A waiver under this subsection'.
(2) Section 1115 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1315) is amended--
(A) in subsection (e)(2), by inserting `(5 years, in the case of a waiver described in section 1915(h)(2))' after `3 years'; and
(B) in subsection (f)(6), by inserting `(5 years, in the case of a waiver described in section 1915(h)(2))' after `3 years'.

SEC. 2602. PROVIDING FEDERAL COVERAGE AND PAYMENT COORDINATION FOR DUAL ELIGIBLE BENEFICIARIES.[edit]

(a) Establishment of Federal Coordinated Health Care Office-
(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than March 1, 2010, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the `Secretary') shall establish a Federal Coordinated Health Care Office.
(2) ESTABLISHMENT AND REPORTING TO CMS ADMINISTRATOR- The Federal Coordinated Health Care Office--
(A) shall be established within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and
(B) have as the Office a Director who shall be appointed by, and be in direct line of authority to, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
(b) Purpose- The purpose of the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office is to bring together officers and employees of the Medicare and Medicaid programs at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in order to--
(1) more effectively integrate benefits under the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act and the Medicaid program under title XIX of such Act; and
(2) improve the coordination between the Federal Government and States for individuals eligible for benefits under both such programs in order to ensure that such individuals get full access to the items and services to which they are entitled under titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act.
(c) Goals- The goals of the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office are as follows:
(1) Providing dual eligible individuals full access to the benefits to which such individuals are entitled under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
(2) Simplifying the processes for dual eligible individuals to access the items and services they are entitled to under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
(3) Improving the quality of health care and long-term services for dual eligible individuals.
(4) Increasing dual eligible individuals' understanding of and satisfaction with coverage under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
(5) Eliminating regulatory conflicts between rules under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
(6) Improving care continuity and ensuring safe and effective care transitions for dual eligible individuals.
(7) Eliminating cost-shifting between the Medicare and Medicaid program and among related health care providers.
(8) Improving the quality of performance of providers of services and suppliers under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
(d) Specific Responsibilities- The specific responsibilities of the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office are as follows:
(1) Providing States, specialized MA plans for special needs individuals (as defined in section 1859(b)(6) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-28(b)(6))), physicians and other relevant entities or individuals with the education and tools necessary for developing programs that align benefits under the Medicare and Medicaid programs for dual eligible individuals.
(2) Supporting State efforts to coordinate and align acute care and long-term care services for dual eligible individuals with other items and services furnished under the Medicare program.
(3) Providing support for coordination of contracting and oversight by States and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with respect to the integration of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in a manner that is supportive of the goals described in paragraph (3).
(4) To consult and coordinate with the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission established under section 1805 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395b-6) and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission established under section 1900 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396) with respect to policies relating to the enrollment in, and provision of, benefits to dual eligible individuals under the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act and the Medicaid program under title XIX of such Act.
(5) To study the provision of drug coverage for new full-benefit dual eligible individuals (as defined in section 1935(c)(6) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396u-5(c)(6)), as well as to monitor and report annual total expenditures, health outcomes, and access to benefits for all dual eligible individuals.
(e) Report- The Secretary shall, as part of the budget transmitted under section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, submit to Congress an annual report containing recommendations for legislation that would improve care coordination and benefits for dual eligible individuals.
(f) Dual Eligible Defined- In this section, the term `dual eligible individual' means an individual who is entitled to, or enrolled for, benefits under part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act, or enrolled for benefits under part B of title XVIII of such Act, and is eligible for medical assistance under a State plan under title XIX of such Act or under a waiver of such plan.