LD 177 LR 1004(01)
Resolve, To Improve Access to Bariatric Care
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement for Original Bill
Sponsor: Rep. Perry of Calais
Committee: Health and Human Services
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement
Current biennium cost increase - General Fund
Current biennium cost increase - Federal Expenditures Fund
Fiscal Detail and Notes
The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan and provide 16 new specialized bariatric care nursing facility beds by September 1, 2020. The MaineCare rate for these types of specialized services is determined based on the individual's specific needs, the staffing required and specialied equipment needs. There would need to be a process of identifying which facilities could handle the specialized needs and what the costs would be by facility. It is anticipated that this will create a significant fiscal impact. However, the amount of that impact cannot be determined at this time.