Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that persons who fail to qualify for basic maintenance under the Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD) program on the basis of need because of excess income or assets, or both, may establish prospective eligibility for that basic maintenance by prepaying their monthly Medicaid spend-down amount to the Department of Public Aid or by having a third party pay that amount to the Department. Provides that the Department shall establish appropriate procedures to permit such a prepayment of Medicaid spend-down amounts.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Medicaid Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code with provisions substantially similar to those of House Bill 740, but with changes that include the following: (1) provides for establishment of prospective eligibility for AABD basic maintenance no later than January 1, 2007, subject to federal approval of a State Medicaid Plan amendment, which shall be sought by the Department of Public Aid or its successor agency; (2) provides for payment (instead of prepayment) of the monthly spend-down amount; and (3) eliminates a requirement that the Department establish appropriate procedures to permit a prepayment of spend-down amounts.