Florida Senate - 2018 SB 440 By Senator Garcia 36-00682-18 2018440__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Veterans Care program; 3 creating s. 292.17, F.S.; creating the program within 4 the Agency for Health Care Administration; specifying 5 the purpose of the program; authorizing the agency, in 6 consultation with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, 7 to negotiate with federal agencies in order to seek 8 federal funding for the program; providing that 9 eligible participants may enroll in the program to 10 receive certain benefits; prohibiting the use of state 11 funds to support the program; providing that the act 12 does not affect a person’s eligibility for the state 13 Medicaid program; prohibiting the agency and the 14 department from implementing the program without 15 legislative approval; providing an effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Section 292.17, Florida Statutes, is created to 20 read: 21 292.17 Florida Veterans Care program created; purpose and 22 authorization.—The Florida Veterans Care program is created 23 within the Agency for Health Care Administration. The purpose of 24 the program is to leverage the structure and operations of the 25 Medicaid managed care program established under part IV of 26 chapter 409 to provide Florida veterans and their families with 27 access to a quality alternative to the federal veterans’ health 28 care system. The agency, in consultation with the Department of 29 Veterans’ Affairs, is authorized to negotiate with applicable 30 federal agencies and to seek approval for a waiver, a state plan 31 amendment, or other federal authorization for federal funding 32 for the Florida Veterans Care program. Participants deemed 33 eligible by the federal Veterans Health Administration or the 34 United States Department of Veterans Affairs may voluntarily 35 enroll in the Florida Veterans Care program to receive all 36 necessary managed medical and long-term care services that meet 37 or exceed the authorized benefits provided under ss. 409.973 and 38 409.98, respectively, including home and community-based 39 services, from plans selected through the competitive bid 40 process described under part IV of chapter 409. State funds may 41 not be used to provide medical or long-term care services under 42 the program or to administer the program. This section does not 43 affect a person’s eligibility for services under the state 44 Medicaid program. Notwithstanding s. 292.05(7), the agency and 45 the department may not implement this section without prior 46 legislative approval. 47 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.