Bill No.: HB0092 Drafter: JWL

 

LSO No.: 09LSO-0249 Effective Date: 7/1/2009

 

Enrolled Act No.: HEA0066

 

Chapter No.: 107

 

Prime Sponsor: Representative Landon

 

Catch Title: Long-term care partnership program.

 

Subject: Implements a Medicaid/private long term care insurance program.

 

Summary/Major Elements:

 

         Current Medicaid law requires that a person liquidate non-exempt property in order to qualify for Medicaid long-term care coverage.

 

         This act:

 

         Creates the Wyoming Long-Term Care Partnership Program to encourage the purchase of qualified private long-term care insurance;

 

         Provides a mechanism for individuals to qualify for coverage of long-term care needs under Medicaid without first being required to substantially exhaust their resources;

 

         Provides eligibility for long-term care under Medicaid, while disregarding the value of assets equal to benefits received under a private long-term care policy;

 

         Directs the Department of Health to request a Medicaid state plan amendment by January 1, 2010 to implement the program;

 

         Provides for coordination and reciprocity with long-term care partnership programs in other states.

 

Comments:

 

Creates the Wyoming Long-Term Care Partnership Program.