A few weeks ago, TASA was notified by TennCare that an error had been discovered in the legislation for the Medicaid Assessment program for the current state fiscal year, July 2018 to June 2019. This error (referenced below) was discovered while preparing to file the new fiscal year assessment with CMS. CMS will not approve the program with the current language.
71-5-1504. (section E)
Nine dollars and nine cents ($9.09) per each medicaid transport;
71-5-1504. (section E)
Nine dollars and nine cents per each transport as defined in 71-5-1502(a)(6) and 71-5-1504(b).
TASA representatives have met with TennCare and the bill sponsors to address this urgent issue. It has been agreed by all parties that we will re-introduce this corrected language as soon as the legislature returns to session in January. The bill sponsor agrees that this should be expedited on all levels to allow the kicker payments to be sent out as soon as possible and retroactive to July 1, 2018. Additionally, TennCare has committed to do everything possible on their end to have data ready as soon as the bill passes.
It is our hope that, although there are no guarantees, we could see kicker payments and assessments resume in March 2019. As the bill is introduced and moves through the legislative process, TASA will post updates on the TASA website.
House: 3/19/19 Rec. for pass. if am., ref. to Finance, Ways, and Means Committee (amendment 05531)
Senate: 3/19/19 Placed on Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee calendar for 3/26/2019 (amendment 05531)
SB0250/HB0228 – EMT/AEMT training programs at EMS services (state-wide)
House: 3/13/19 Placed on s/c cal Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee for 3/20/2019
Amendment HA0061: Deletes all language after the enacting clause. Creates a limited pilot project that authorizes the operation of a total of 15 emergency medical technician (EMT) and advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT) training centers for the purpose of determining the impact of EMT/AEMT training centers operated by ambulance services licensed in this state. (see amendment 004808 for further details)
Senate: 3/13/2019 Recommended for passage with amendment/s, refer to Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee Ayes 7, Nays 0 PNV 0 (amendment 004808)
SB0029/HB0384 – Increased line of duty death benefit for EMS providers
House: 3/06/19 Placed behind the budget
Senate: 3/19/19 Passed Senate, Ayes 33, Nays 0
SB0422/HB0493 – Firefighter and EMT to carry hand gun while engaged in official duty
House: 2/04/19 Withdrawn.
Senate: 2/06/19 Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary Committee