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ARIZONA STATE SENATE

Fifty-Sixth Legislature, First Regular Session

 

REVISED

FACT SHEET FOR S.B. 1016

 

AHCCCS; speech therapy

Purpose

Requires the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) to cover the costs of speech therapy for eligible persons who are at least 21 years old.

Background

AHCCCS contracts with health professionals to provide medically necessary health and medical services to eligible members. Currently, AHCCCS contractors are required to provide:
1) inpatient and outpatient hospital services, excluding speech therapy; 2) laboratory and X-ray services; 3) prescription medications; 4) medical supplies, durable medical equipment, insulin pumps and prosthetic devices; 5) treatment of medical conditions of the eye; 6) early and periodic health screening and diagnostic services; 7) family planning services; 8) podiatry services;
9) nonexperimental transplants; 10) emergency dental care; 11) ambulance and nonambulance transportation; 12) hospice care; 13) orthotics; and 14) diabetes outpatient self-management training services (A.R.S. 36-2907).

The Hospital Assessment Fund consists of monies collected from an assessment of hospital revenues, discharges or bed days for the purpose of supplementing AHCCCS funding from the Proposition 204 Protection Account and Arizona Tobacco Litigation Settlement Fund (A.R.S.
36-2901.09
).

Speech therapy is the assessment, diagnoses and treatment, by a speech-language pathologist, of communication and swallowing disorders. Speech therapy helps persons develop and maintain the ability to speak more clearly, understand and express thoughts and feelings and eat and swallow safely (Mayo Clinic).

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee fiscal note estimates that S.B. 1016 would have an implementation cost of $139,500 to the state General Fund (GF) ($746,200 Total Funds), or $104,600 GF ($559,600 Total Funds) for the last 9 months of FY 2024 (JLBC fiscal note).

Provisions

1.   Removes, from AHCCCS-covered health and medical services, the exclusion of speech therapy for persons who are at least 21 years old.

2.   Prohibits monies from the Hospital Assessment Fund from being used to provide speech therapy to eligible persons who are at least 21 years old.

3.   Makes technical and conforming changes.

4.   Becomes effective on the general effective date.


 

Revision

Updates the fiscal impact statement.

Prepared by Senate Research

February 3, 2023

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