Synopsis As Introduced Amends the State Prompt Payment Act. Defines "qualified provider" as certain organizations that provide non-residential services for the elderly, mentally ill, or developmentally disabled, with certain exceptions. Provides that a bill or invoice for goods or services furnished to the State submitted by a qualified provider and grant award payments to a qualified provider must be given priority in processing and that a voucher for payment submitted by an official or agency to the Comptroller for payment must be given priority in payment. Provides that the processing and payment of (i) debt service obligations of the State and (ii) payroll obligations of the State shall have priority over the processing and payment of items as required by these provisions. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Makes the following changes to the definition of "qualified provider": Provides that a qualified provider is a not-for-profit organization that provides non-residential services to the mentally ill or developmentally disabled and that is reimbursed or otherwise paid by the Department of Human Services (instead of organizations that provide non-residential services for the elderly, mentally ill, or developmentally disabled). Provides that the term "qualified provider" does not include a long-term care facility licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act with respect to services provided in the licensed facility to residents. Provides that an entity licensed under the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act is a "qualified provider" but only with respect to the residential and residential support services provided for a community-integrated living arrangement.
House Committee Amendment No. 2 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill as introduced with the following changes: Makes changes to the definition of "qualified provider" to provide that a qualified provider is an organization that provides non-residential services for the elderly or for the prevention, intervention, or treatment of mental illness, developmental disabilities, or alcoholism or substance abuse. Provides that, in determining who is a qualified provider, the Department of Human Services must consult with the Department on Aging and the Department of Public Aid. Makes changes to provisions concerning the treatment of voucher requests to provide that a properly prepared voucher request to the Office of the Comptroller for payment to a qualified provider shall be given priority by the Comptroller for processing and warrant issuance after debt service obligations and payroll obligations of the State have been met unless the Comptroller deems that other obligations of the State must be satisfied prior to these categories of payment. Provides that, if at any time the Comptroller determines that there are insufficient funds available to process priority payments, then vouchers shall be processed and paid out in a first-in, first-out manner as corresponding funds become available. Effective immediately.