FUND(S):

0403 - Div of Human Services General Administrative Fund; 8722 - Cons Federal Funds Div Human Services Gen Admn Fund; 8816 - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; 0525 - Consolidated Medical Services Fund

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund,Other Fund Federal

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund



Fiscal Note Summary


Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


    The purpose of this bill is to remove references to "mentally retarded" and "mental retardation" in healthcare-related legislation and replace those references with "intellectually disabled," "individual with an intellectual disability" and "intellectual disability.
    
    As written the proposed legislation will have minimal impact on the Department of Health and Human Resources. Please see memorandum section below for additional comments and concerns.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2010
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    



Memorandum


    This legislation would require the redesign and redistribution of policy information, reference materials, forms, and brochures. The changes to these materials would cause a fiscal impact, however the impact would be minimal and absorbed in the budget for the fiscal year that the changes become effective.
    
    While our research indicates that this change in wording should not present billing or reimbursement problems, the concern is that in the future this wording might be construed in a broader manner than the current “mental retardation” wording is defined. Additionally, it is not known the impact that inconsistencies between state and federal language would have due to different interpretations of each.
    
    An amendment has been prepared to correct deletion of the latter portion of §27-1A-4(g). Person submitting Fiscal Note: Patsy A. Hardy
     Email Address: dhhrbudgetoffice@wv.gov