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H.R.6300 - Medicaid Long-Term Care Reform Act of 2012
To provide adequate technical assistance and other support to States for long-term care partnership programs, and for other purposes.
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Mr. BOUSTANY (for himself, Mr. GINGREY of Georgia, Mrs. BLACKBURN, Mr. TIBERI, and Mr. WESTMORELAND) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(3) The National Association of State Budget Officers reports that Medicaid spending has already exceeded most components of State budgets, including K-12 education programs.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) In 2005, the Government Accountability Office projected that by 2040 the number of individuals who are 85 years of age or older, which it finds is the age group most likely to require long-term care services, is projected to increase more than 250 percent from 4,300,000 individuals in 2000 to 15,400,000 individuals in 2040.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(9) Encouraging middle-income individuals in the United States to anticipate and plan for their future long-term care needs will help them achieve greater health and financial security, as well as greater independence, choice, and control over the services they need in the setting of their choice.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(11) In 2005, the Department of Health and Human Services warned that the retirement plans of many Americans are at risk simply because those Americans do not understand who pays for long-term care and therefore have not planned for the possibility of needing to finance such care.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(14) A 2011 hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives revealed that someone with up to $750,000 in home equity may qualify as poor under Federal Medicaid rules. Witnesses at the hearing said Federal law also disregards the entire value of other financial resources when determining an individual’s eligibility for Medicaid.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(15) In 2005, the National Governors Association concluded new efforts need to focus on how to encourage personal responsibility and discourage reliance on Medicaid for coverage of long-term care services.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(16) Professional actuaries have stressed the Federal Government’s financial interest in reducing future Medicaid spending by improving affordable long-term care options for middle-income individuals in the United States. Such individuals represent approximately 83 percent of households suited for purchase of long-term care coverage, with an average preretirement household income of $75,000 and average assets of approximately $100,000.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) improving choices by encouraging middle-income individuals in the United States who might otherwise rely upon Medicaid to purchase comprehensive, front-end, private, long-term care insurance coverage through the Partnership.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(18) To encourage Americans to purchase coverage described in paragraph (17)(B), the State Long-Term Care Partnership Program provides protection from Medicaid estate recovery if policyholders use their private coverage and still need Medicaid to provide coverage for long-term care services.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(19) According to the four States operating a State Long-Term Care Partnership Program since the 1990s, only a small percentage of Partnership policyholders using benefits have exhausted their policies and relied on Medicaid, ranging from 2.4 percent of such policyholders in California to 7.4 percent in New York.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(21) Some States, including Connecticut, have worked to increase the likelihood of Medicaid savings under the State Long-Term Care Partnership Program by developing measures of cost effectiveness for long-term care insurance policies.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(22) Section 6021(c) of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to report annually to Congress on the impact of the State Long-Term Care Partnership Program on Federal and State Medicaid expenditures.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(24) The Department of Health and Human Services no longer provides technical assistance or facilitates discussions of best practices for improving long-term care savings under the Medicaid program among States participating in the State Long-Term Care Partnership Program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) track the sale of long-term care insurance policies to middle-income purchasers (who might otherwise rely upon Medicaid to finance long-term care services) under the State Long-Term Care Partnership Program; orCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(26) The Department of Health and Human Services does not consistently measure the results of its taxpayer-funded efforts to increase Americans’ long-term care awareness and has no current plans to coordinate with State Governors to raise such awareness.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(27) Budget experts, including one former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, have warned that the insurance program established by the CLASS Act would increase the deficit over the long term, instead of significantly reducing spending on long-term care under the Medicaid program. Credible long-term care reform proposals must address Medicaid’s long-term care financing problems without increasing Federal deficits.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. SENSE OF CONGRESS.
(2) Federal and State governments should work to reduce the number of middle-income individuals in the United States who will rely on Medicaid to finance their long-term care needs by--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) building a broad coalition to coordinate a national campaign to better educate middle-income individuals in the United States on their eventual need for long-term care services, coverage limitations under Medicare and Medicaid, and the benefits of purchasing private coverage and planning for retirement;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) making the long-term care insurance partnerships established as a result of section 6021 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (
(3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services should comply with the annual reporting requirements under section 6021(c) of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (
SEC. 4. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND BEST PRACTICES.
(1) technical assistance on the implementation and administration of qualified State long-term care insurance partnerships (as such term is defined in section 1917(b)(1)(C)(iii) of the Social Security Act (
(2) information on best practices for qualified State long-term care insurance partnerships, for the purpose of reducing future State and Federal expenditures on long-term care services under the Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act (
(1) provide technical assistance to States on requirements related to the mandate to seek recoveries from estates under section 1917(b)(1) of the Social Security Act (
(2) hold an annual event to assist States in evaluating methods of implementing such requirements and exchanging best practices information on such methods of implementation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE FOR LONG-TERM CARE INFORMATION.
‘(3) COORDINATION OF CONSUMER EDUCATION THROUGH PUBLIC-PRIVATE INITIATIVE- The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information, shall establish a public-private initiative to coordinate among the Clearinghouse, State governments, and relevant nongovernmental entities for the purpose of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iii) best practices for individuals and families who seek to prepare for their long-term care needs (including best practices for financial planning related to planning for the cost of such care);CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Annual Reports to Congress- Section 6021(d) of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 is further amended by inserting after paragraph (3), as added by subsection (a), the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) IN GENERAL- Beginning not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of the Medicaid Long-Term Care Reform Act of 2012, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall submit to the Congress an annual report on the activities of the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. EVALUATION OF POLICY OPTIONS AND REPORT.
(A) evaluate methods to expand long-term care insurance coverage for middle-income individuals in the United States through the State Long-Term Care Partnership Program under section 6021 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (
(B)(i) solicit ideas from the stakeholders listed in subsection (c) on policy options that could reduce projected State and Federal long-term care expenditures under the Medicaid program; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), evaluate the policy options collected under clause (i), as well as other appropriate options to reduce such expenditures, including the option of providing a block grant to States of Medicaid funds for long-term care services; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(iii) the look-back period for transfers of assets for purposes of Medicaid eligibility under section 1917(c) of the Social Security Act (
(iv) section 1917(f) of the Social Security Act (
(2) INCLUSION OF ESTIMATES- The evaluation under paragraph (1)(B)(ii) shall include estimates of the impact of such policy options on Federal and State spending under Medicaid over a 25-year period.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) requires that premiums collected for a long-term care program or insurance product be deposited in government securities or a Federal trust fund, such as the CLASS Independence Fund established by section 3206 of the Public Health Service Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) a list of the policy options considered under subsection (a)(1)(B)(ii) (including the estimates on Federal and State spending made with respect to each such option under such subsection) and recommendations on which such options would be most effective at reducing projected State and Federal long-term care expenditures under the Medicaid program while providing an adequate safety net for low-income individuals; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Consultation- In conducting the activities under subsection (a) and developing the report required under subsection (b), the Secretary shall consult with each of the following stakeholders:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(13) Experts from relevant non-profit organizations and foundations, including the Brookings Institution, the Urban Institute, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, The Commonwealth Fund, the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. CBO REPORT ON POLICY OPTIONS TO REDUCE RELIANCE ON MEDICAID FOR LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES.
(a) In General- Not later than January 1, 2014, the Director of the Congressional Budget Office shall submit to the Committees on the Budget of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report containing the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) PROJECTION OF NUMBER OF MIDDLE-INCOME PEOPLE WHO WILL RELY ON MEDICAID FOR LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES- A projection of the percentage of middle-income individuals in the United States who will rely, partially or completely, on Medicaid to finance their long-term care needs during the next 20 years and the percentage who will rely solely on other resources, including home equity, personal savings, or private long-term care coverage to finance such care.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) ESTIMATE OF IMPACT OF SPECIFIC POLICY OPTIONS- Subject to subsection (b), an estimate of the change in the cost estimated under paragraph (2) that would result from each of the following policy options:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) REDUCTION IN HOME EQUITY EXEMPTION- A reduction in the home equity exemption under section 1917(f) of the Social Security Act (
(B) EXTENSION OF LOOK-BACK PERIOD- Changing the look-back period for the transfer of assets under section 1917(c)(1) of such Act (
(D) TAX INCENTIVES FOR INSURANCE USE- Tax incentives to assist middle-income individuals in the United States with the purchase of long-term care insurance, including by amending section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit long-term care insurance products to be included in employer cafeteria plans.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(E) INCENTIVES FOR STATES TO INCREASE PURCHASES OF LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE- Provide States operating qualified State long-term care insurance partnerships (as defined in section 1917(b)(1)(C)(iii) of such Act (
(F) OTHER POLICY OPTIONS- Any other policy options that the Director determines would reduce Federal and State spending on long-term care services under the Medicaid program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) ESTIMATE OF IMPACT OF SPECIFIC POLICY OPTIONS ON SAVINGS UNDER MEDICAID BLOCK GRANT- An estimate, for each of the policy options under paragraph (3), of the change in cost estimate under paragraph (2), that would result if each such policy option were adopted and funding for long-term care services under Medicaid is provided to States through a block grant.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) requires that premiums collected for a long-term care program or insurance product be deposited in government securities or a Federal trust fund, such as the CLASS Independence Fund established by section 3206 of the Public Health Service Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink