SB 440 First Engrossed 2018440e1 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 Department of Veterans’ Affairs; specifying the 5 purpose of the program; authorizing the department, 6 the Agency for Health Care Administration, and the 7 Department of Children and Families to jointly 8 negotiate with federal agencies in order to seek 9 federal funding for the program; providing that 10 eligible participants may enroll in the program; 11 prohibiting the use of state funds to support the 12 program; providing that the act does not affect a 13 person’s eligibility for the state Medicaid program; 14 prohibiting the department from implementing the 15 program without legislative approval; providing an 16 effective date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. Section 292.17, Florida Statutes, is created to 21 read: 22 292.17 Florida Veterans Care program created; purpose and 23 authorization.—The Florida Veterans Care program is created 24 within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The purpose of the 25 program is to leverage the expertise, structure, or operations 26 of existing state programs to provide Florida veterans and their 27 families with access to quality alternatives to the federal 28 veterans’ health care system. The department, the Agency for 29 Health Care Administration, and the Department of Children and 30 Families are authorized to jointly negotiate with the applicable 31 federal agencies to seek approval for a waiver, a state plan 32 amendment, or other federal authorization for federal funding 33 for the Florida Veterans Care program. The Florida Veterans Care 34 program may include medical, behavioral health, or long-term 35 care services, as negotiated. Participants deemed eligible by 36 the federal Veterans Health Administration or the United States 37 Department of Veterans Affairs may voluntarily enroll in any of 38 the programs of the Florida Veterans Care program based on their 39 eligibility. State funds may not be used to provide medical, 40 behavioral health, or long-term care services under the program 41 or to administer the program. This section does not affect a 42 person’s eligibility for services under the state Medicaid 43 program. Notwithstanding s. 292.05(7), the department may not 44 implement this section without prior legislative approval. 45 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.