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39-972. Residents receiving long-term care in medicaid approved institution; personal needs fund; supplemental income. (a) The head of the designated state medicaid agency shall authorize for each resident and each resident spouse of a nursing facility receiving long-term care in a medicaid approved institution to retain a certain amount of money a month in a personal needs fund. Subject to the provisions of this section, such amount shall be prescribed in rules and regulations adopted by the head of the designated state medicaid agency, except that the amount shall not be less than $50 on and after July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007, and on and after July 1, 2007, not less than $60.

(b) The head of the designated state medicaid agency shall authorize for persons receiving long-term care in a medicaid approved institution who also receive supplemental security income payments of a certain amount of money per month to supplement such income. Subject to the provisions of this section, such amount shall be prescribed in rules and regulations adopted by the head of the designated state medicaid agency, except that the amount shall not be less than $30.

(c) On or before July 1, 2007, and each year thereafter, the director of the budget shall certify to the head of the designated state medicaid agency the annual average increase in the chained consumer price index for all urban consumers for the preceding calendar year published by the United States department of labor and the head of the designated state medicaid agency may make adjustments for cost of living increases in the amount of moneys that can be retained in the personal needs funds pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) in an amount not to exceed such increase.

History: L. 2006, ch. 208, ยง 10; July 1.


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