|Date Requested:May 13, 2010
Time Requested:12:19 PM
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Sources of Revenue
Legislation creates:Neither Program nor Fund
Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.
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3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
The purpose of this bill is to require compulsory comprehensive health screenings for students entering public school for the first time and for students entering the third, sixth, and ninth grades. The bill replaces limited school entry screenings with a comprehensive health screening conducted by a licenses medical provider with costs covered by health insurance or WV CHIP administrative funds for uninsured children.
The cost estimate was provided by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Maternal and Child Family Health Services, and was based on the following assumptions: The screens would be expanded to approximately 66,000 students in the third, sixth and ninth grades; approximately 5% (3,300) have no current health insurance coverage, but approximately 2,197 would be eligible for coverage under CHIP or Medicaid; consequently, only 1,102 would not be eligible for any health insurance coverage. At $110 per exam, the estimated cost of the bill would be $121,000 per year, but there are unused funds available in WV CHIP administrative fund to cover this additional cost, so there would no additional funds would need to be appropriated by the Legislature for this bill. It is important to note, however, that all insurers will incur increased costs for the screenings, including Medicaid, CHIP, PEIA and commercial carriers.