Sec. AA-1. 22 MRSA §3174-B, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 392, is amended to read:
2. Submission to Legislature. The Medicaid report prepared pursuant to subsection 1
shall must be submitted to the Legislature prior to January 15th of each year. The report submitted under this section shall must be transmitted to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs and human resources health and human services matters.
Sec. AA-2. 22 MRSA §3174-B, sub-§3 is enacted to read:
3. Monthly expenditure projections. The commissioner shall prepare a monthly report detailing all expenditures in the Medical Care - Payments to Providers program for each month of every fiscal year. This document must include sufficient detail, including expenditures by fund and category of service, for the month as well as historical data, fiscal year-to-date amounts and projections for the remainder of the biennium and the ensuing biennium. The report also must include monthly statistics on the number of individuals eligible for Medicaid and Cub Care benefits. The report must be submitted to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs and health and human services matters no later than 15 days following the end of each month.
Sec. AA-3. 22 MRSA §4003, sub-§3, as amended by PL 1985, c. 739, §4, is further amended to read:
3. Reunification as a priority. Give family rehabilitation and reunification priority as a means for protecting the welfare of children, but prevent needless delay for permanent plans for children when rehabilitation and reunification is not possible;
Sec. AA-4. 22 MRSA §4003, sub-§4, as amended by PL 1981, c. 698, §96, is further amended to read:
4. Permanent plans for care and custody. Promote the early establishment of permanent plans for the care and custody of children who cannot be returned to their family. It is the intent of the Legislature that the department reduce the number of children receiving assistance under the United States Social Security Act, Title IV-E, who have been in foster care more than 24 months, by 10% each year beginning with the federal fiscal year that starts on October 1, 1983
Sec. AA-5. 22 MRSA §4003, sub-§5 is enacted to read:
5. Report. Require the department to report monthly to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs and health and human services matters, beginning in July 2000, on the status of children served by the Bureau of Child and Family Services. The report must include, at a minimum, information on the department's caseload, the location of the children in the department's custody and the number of cases of abuse and neglect that were not opened for assessment. This information must be identified by program and funding source.
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