Testimony Before The House Human Services Committee
Clara Sue Price, Chairman
Regarding House Bill 1436 - Accrual of interest on medical assistance of a deceased recipient
January 24, 2005
Chairman Price, members of the House Human Services Committee, my name is Blaine Nordwall. I am Director of Economic Assistance Policy for the Department of Human Services. We are responsible for pursuing claims in decedents' estates for Medicaid benefits furnished. I am here to provide some explanation of the impact of this bill, and of the fiscal note prepared by the department.
In August of 2004, the department discontinued the practice of accruing interest on the Medicaid claim during the lifetime to the surviving spouse of a deceased Medicaid recipient. That is essentially what this bill requires. For that reason the fiscal note shows no impact.