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36-2901.08. Hospital assessment
A. The director shall establish, administer and collect an assessment on hospital revenues, discharges or bed days for the purpose of funding the nonfederal share of the costs, except for costs of the services described in section 36-2907, subsection F, that are incurred beginning January 1, 2014 and that are not covered by the proposition 204 protection account established by section 36-778 and the Arizona tobacco litigation settlement fund established by section 36-2901.02 or any other monies appropriated to cover these costs, for all of the following individuals:
1. Persons who are defined as eligible pursuant to section 36-2901.07.
2. Persons who do not meet the eligibility standards described in the state plan or the section 1115 waiver that were in effect immediately before November 27, 2000, but who meet the eligibility standards described in the state plan as effective October 1, 2001.
3. Persons who are defined as eligible pursuant to section 36-2901.01 but who do not meet the eligibility standards in either section 36-2934 or the state plan in effect as of January 1, 2013.
B. The director shall adopt rules regarding the method for determining the assessment, the amount or rate of the assessment, and modifications or exemptions from the assessment. The assessment is subject to approval by the federal government to ensure that the assessment is not established or administered in a manner that causes a reduction in federal financial participation.
C. The director may establish modifications or exemptions to the assessment. In determining the modifications or exemptions, the director may consider factors including the size of the hospital, the specialty services available to patients and the geographic location of the hospital.
D. Before implementing the assessment, and thereafter if the methodology is modified, the director shall present the methodology to the joint legislative budget committee for review.
E. The administration shall not collect an assessment for costs associated with service after the effective date of any reduction of the federal medical assistance percentage established by 42 United States Code section 1396d(y) or 1396d(z) that is applicable to this state to less than eighty per cent.
F. The administration shall deposit the revenues collected pursuant to this section in the hospital assessment fund established by section 36-2901.09.
G. A hospital shall not pass the cost of the assessment on to patients or third-party payors that are liable to pay for care on a patient's behalf. As part of its financial statement submissions pursuant to section 36-125.04, a hospital shall submit to the department of health services an attestation that it has not passed on the cost of the assessment to patients or third-party payors.
H. If a hospital does not comply with this section as prescribed by the director, the director may suspend or revoke the hospital's Arizona health care cost containment system provider agreement registration. If the hospital does not comply within one hundred eighty days after the director suspends or revokes the hospital's provider agreement, the director shall notify the director of the department of health services, who shall suspend or revoke the hospital's license pursuant to section 36-427.