CHAPTER 278

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 424

AN ACT AUTHORIZING AN AUTOMATIC APPORPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES FOR THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF INCREASING TITLE XIX MEDICAID RATES RETROACTIVE FROM JANUARY 31, 1975

WHEREAS, the Title XIX reimbursement rates have not been increased recently; and

WHEREAS, such rates have been unrealistically low; and

WHEREAS, our institutional costs have risen above the current reimbursement rates; and

WHEREAS, the Federal government will match 50-50 such Title XIX reimbursement rates; and

WHEREAS, both Federal and State funds will be deposited to the credit of the General Fund thereby increasing the State's revenue potential; and

WHEREAS, an automatic appropriation will preclude the necessity of tying up a large sum of money over a year's time.

NOW, THEREFORE:

Be it enacted by the Genera! Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Services is hereby authorized an automatic appropriation for the sole purpose of increasing Title XIX Medicaid rates retroactive from January 31, 1975.

Section 2. The funds herein authorized shall be paid from the General Fund of the State from funds not otherwise appropriated.

Section 3. No funds shall be appropriated or disbursed under the authority of this Act until and unless Federal matching funds are available.

Section 4. The duration of the automatic appropriation herein authorized shall not extend beyond June 30, 1976.

Approved August 4, 1975