Florida Senate - 2018 SENATOR AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 440 Ì5108464Î510846 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . Floor: 1/AD/2R . 02/27/2018 09:49 AM . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Senator Garcia moved the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 292.17, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 292.17 Florida Veterans Care program created; purpose and 8 authorization.—The Florida Veterans Care program is created 9 within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The purpose of the 10 program is to leverage the expertise, structure, or operations 11 of existing state programs to provide Florida veterans and their 12 families with access to quality alternatives to the federal 13 veterans’ health care system. The department, the Agency for 14 Health Care Administration, and the Department of Children and 15 Families are authorized to jointly negotiate with the applicable 16 federal agencies to seek approval for a waiver, a state plan 17 amendment, or other federal authorization for federal funding 18 for the Florida Veterans Care program. The Florida Veterans Care 19 program may include medical, behavioral health, or long-term 20 care services, as negotiated. Participants deemed eligible by 21 the federal Veterans Health Administration or the United States 22 Department of Veterans Affairs may voluntarily enroll in any of 23 the programs of the Florida Veterans Care program based on their 24 eligibility. State funds may not be used to provide medical, 25 behavioral health, or long-term care services under the program 26 or to administer the program. This section does not affect a 27 person’s eligibility for services under the state Medicaid 28 program. Notwithstanding s. 292.05(7), the department may not 29 implement this section without prior legislative approval. 30 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018. 31 32 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 33 And the title is amended as follows: 34 Delete everything before the enacting clause 35 and insert: 36 A bill to be entitled 37 An act relating to the Florida Veterans Care program; 38 creating s. 292.17, F.S.; creating the program within 39 the Department of Veterans’ Affairs; specifying the 40 purpose of the program; authorizing the department, 41 the Agency for Health Care Administration, and the 42 Department of Children and Families to jointly 43 negotiate with federal agencies in order to seek 44 federal funding for the program; providing that 45 eligible participants may enroll in the program; 46 prohibiting the use of state funds to support the 47 program; providing that the act does not affect a 48 person’s eligibility for the state Medicaid program; 49 prohibiting the department from implementing the 50 program without legislative approval; providing an 51 effective date.