SB 17-004 (Tate/Wist) Access to Non-Enrolled Providers for Medicaid Recipients

Originally Posted: January 13, 2017
Last Updated: April 21, 2017

Summary

This bill would allow medical providers who are not enrolled in the Medicaid program to charge Medicaid clients for services that would otherwise be paid for by Medicaid.

Position

The Children’s Campaign opposes this bill due to its potential impact on access to affordable health care, if providers decide to opt out of the Medicaid program and instead charge Medicaid enrollees high prices for their services. It could also have significant financial repercussions for families who rely on Medicaid for their insurance coverage. One of the largest benefits of Medicaid coverage is the protection it provides against catastrophic out-of-pocket medical costs, the risk of having a bill sent to collections, or the need to borrow money to cover a medical bill. This proposal could create financial strain for Medicaid clients if they face high charges for services that should be covered by Medicaid. And we know that financial hardship and the stress that it creates for families is bad for kids’ healthy development across all domains.

Current Status

The bill died in the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee on a 5-3 vote.

Previous Statuses


April 14, 2017

The House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee heard testimony on the bill and laid it over for a vote at a later date.

April 7, 2017

Assigned to the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Monday, April 10th upon adjournment in –Room LSB-A.

March 3, 2017

Approved by the Senate 19-16 and heads to the House.

February 10, 2017

Passed out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on a party line 3-2 vote and now heads to the Senate floor for debate.

February 3, 2017

Scheduled to be heard in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in LSB-B.

January 20, 2017

Scheduled to be heard in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee on Thursday, January 26 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 354.

January 13, 2017

Introduced in the Senate – Assigned to the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.