Senate Bill 20

government_400In the 2013 General Session, an amendment was passed to the Medical Assistance Act. The amendment, Senate Bill 20 (SB20), specifies action that needs to be taken by providers when sharing identifying information to verify eligibility with the states Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs.

SB20 states that effective July 1, 2013, health care providers who participate in the state Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program are to include in the providers Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP), that the health care provider has, or may submit, the patients personal identifiable information to the state’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program eligibility database.

The amendment also requires the state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, to verify the providers NPP, complies with federal and state law before giving the provider access to the state’s eligibility database.

For more information, click here for a link to SB20.