92nd General Assembly
Summary of HB1985
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MEDICAID-BEHAVIOR SRVC-PROVIDR                                             

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Illinois Public  Aid Code. Provides that the Medicaid       
   program may include reimbursement for behavioral health services and        
   mental health services.  Authorizes the Department of Public Aid to         
   provide for the services of persons licensed as a clinical psycholo-        
   gist, clinical social worker, or clinical professional counselor in         
   supplying medical assistance. Prohibits the Department's rules from         
   requiring that services for a specific Medicaid recipient provided by       
   a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, or       
   licensed clinical professional counselor be recommended by a physi-         
   cian. Effective immediately.                                                
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
          Deletes reference to:                                                
          305 ILCS 5/5-5                                                       
        Deletes  amendatory  provisions  (i)  adding  behavioral   health      
   services  and  mental  health services to the list of medical services      
   that may be covered  under  Medicaid  and  (ii)  authorizing  Medicaid      
   reimbursement  for  those  services  if  they are performed by persons      
   licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987.                            
          STATE DEBT NOTE H-AM 1 (Economic and Fiscal Commission)              
          HB 1985, as amended by House Amendment 1, would not change the       
          amount of authorization for any type of State-issued or              
          State-support bond, and, therefore, would not affect the level       
          of State indebtedness.                                               
          FISCAL NOTE (Department of Public Aid)                               
          The bill would allow for payment directly to clinical                
          psychologists, social workers or professional counselors. These      
          provider types are not currently recognized by the Department.       
          While the language is permissive, if these providers partici-        
          pate, the Department estimates the fiscal impact to be between       
          $17 and $23 million annually.                                        
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: JAN-07-2003

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   0


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