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                                H. R. 1744

 To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to revise and simplify 
           the transitional medical assistance (TMA) program.



                             April 10, 2003

 Mr. Levin (for himself and Mr. Castle) introduced the following bill; 
       which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


                                 A BILL

 To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to revise and simplify 
           the transitional medical assistance (TMA) program.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ``Welfare to Work Health Care Act of 


    (a) Option of Continuous Eligibility for 12 Months; Option of 
Continuing Coverage for up to an Additional Year.--
            (1) Option of continuous eligibility for 12 months by 
        making reporting requirements optional.--Section 1925(b) of the 
        Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-6(b)) is amended--
                    (A) in paragraph (1), by inserting ``, at the 
                option of a State,'' after ``and which'';
                    (B) in paragraph (2)(A), by inserting ``Subject to 
                subparagraph (C)--'' after ``(A) Notices.--'';
                    (C) in paragraph (2)(B), by inserting ``Subject to 
                subparagraph (C)--'' after ``(B) Reporting 
                    (D) by adding at the end the following new 
                    ``(C) State option to waive notice and reporting 
                requirements.--A State may waive some or all of the 
                reporting requirements under clauses (i) and (ii) of 
                subparagraph (B). Insofar as it waives such a reporting 
                requirement, the State need not provide for a notice 
                under subparagraph (A) relating to such requirement.''; 
                    (E) in paragraph (3)(A)(iii), by inserting ``the 
                State has not waived under paragraph (2)(C) the 
                reporting requirement with respect to such month under 
                paragraph (2)(B) and if'' after ``6-month period if''.
            (2) State option to extend eligibility for low-income 
        individuals for up to 12 additional months.--Section 1925 of 
        such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-6) is further amended--
                    (A) by redesignating subsections (c) through (f) as 
                subsections (d) through (g); and
                    (B) by inserting after subsection (b) the following 
                new subsection:
    ``(c) State Option of up to 12 Months of Additional Eligibility.--
            ``(1) In general.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
        this title, each State plan approved under this title may 
        provide, at the option of the State, that the State shall offer 
        to each family which received assistance during the entire 6-
        month period under subsection (b) and which meets the 
        applicable requirement of paragraph (2), in the last month of 
        the period the option of extending coverage under this 
        subsection for the succeeding period not to exceed 12 months.
            ``(2) Income restriction.--The option under paragraph (1) 
        shall not be made available to a family for a succeeding period 
        unless the State determines that the family's average gross 
        monthly earnings (less such costs for such child care as is 
        necessary for the employment of the caretaker relative) as of 
        the end of the 6-month period under subsection (b) does not 
        exceed 185 percent of the official poverty line (as defined by 
        the Office of Management and Budget, and revised annually in 
        accordance with section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget 
        Reconciliation Act of 1981) applicable to a family of the size 
            ``(3) Application of extension rules.--The provisions of 
        paragraphs (2), (3), (4), and (5) of subsection (b) shall apply 
        to the extension provided under this subsection in the same 
        manner as they apply to the extension provided under subsection 
        (b)(1), except that for purposes of this subsection--
                    ``(A) any reference to a 6-month period under 
                subsection (b)(1) is deemed a reference to the 
                extension period provided under paragraph (1) and any 
                deadlines for any notices or reporting and the premium 
                payment periods shall be modified to correspond to the 
                appropriate calendar quarters of coverage provided 
                under this subsection; and
                    ``(B) any reference to a provision of subsection 
                (a) or (b) is deemed a reference to the corresponding 
                provision of subsection (b) or of this subsection, 
    (b) State Option To Waive Receipt of Medicaid for 3 of Previous 6 
Months To Qualify for TMA.--Section 1925(a)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 
1396r-6(a)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``A State 
may, at its option, also apply the previous sentence in the case of a 
family that was receiving such aid for fewer than 3 months, or that had 
applied for and was eligible for such aid for fewer than 3 months, 
during the 6 immediately preceding months described in such 
    (c) Elimination of Sunset for TMA.--
            (1) Subsection (g) of section 1925 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 
        1396r-6), as redesignated under subsection (a)(2), is repealed.
            (2) Section 1902(e)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(e)(1)) 
        is amended by striking ``(A) Nothwithstanding'' and all that 
        follows through ``During such period, for'' in subparagraph (B) 
and inserting ``For''.
    (d) CMS Report on Enrollment and Participation Rates Under TMA.--
Section 1925 of such Act, as amended by subsections (a)(2) and (c), is 
amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(g) Additional Provisions.--
            ``(1) Collection and reporting of participation 
        information.--Each State shall--
                    ``(A) collect and submit to the Secretary, in a 
                format specified by the Secretary, information on 
                average monthly enrollment and average monthly 
                participation rates for adults and children under this 
                section; and
                    ``(B) make such information publicly available.
        Such information shall be submitted under subparagraph (A) at 
        the same time and frequency in which other enrollment 
        information under this title is submitted to the Secretary. 
        Using such information, the Secretary shall submit to Congress 
        annual reports concerning such rates.''.
    (e) Coordination of Work.--Section 1925(g) of such Act, as added by 
subsection (d), is amended by adding at the end the following new 
            ``(2) Coordination with administration for children and 
        families.--The Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & 
        Medicaid Services, in carrying out this section, shall work 
        with the Assistant Secretary for the Administration for 
        Children and Families to develop guidance or other technical 
        assistance for States regarding best practices in guaranteeing 
        access to transitional medical assistance under this 
    (f) Elimination of TMA Requirement for States That Extend Coverage 
to Children and Parents Through 185 Percent of Poverty.--
            (1) In general.--Section 1925 of such Act is further 
        amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(h) Provisions Optional for States That Extend Coverage to 
Children and Parents Through 185 Percent of Poverty.--A State may (but 
is not required to) meet the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) if 
it provides for medical assistance under section 1931 to families 
(including both children and caretaker relatives) the average gross 
monthly earning of which (less such costs for such child care as is 
necessary for the employment of a caretaker relative) is at or below a 
level that is at least 185 percent of the official poverty line (as 
defined by the Office of Management and Budget, and revised annually in 
accordance with section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 
of 1981) applicable to a family of the size involved.''.
            (2) Conforming amendments.--Such section is further 
        amended, in subsections (a)(1) and (b)(1), by inserting ``, but 
        subject to subsection (h),'' after ``Notwithstanding any other 
        provision of this title,'' each place it appears.
    (g) Extending Use of Outstationed Workers To Accept Applications 
for Transitional Medical Assistance.--Section 1902(a)(55) of such Act 
(42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(55)) is amended by inserting ``and under section 
1931'' after ``(a)(10)(A)(ii)(IX)''.
    (h) Effective Dates.--(1) Except as provided in this subsection, 
the amendments made by this section shall apply to calendar quarters 
beginning on or after the date of the enactment of this Act, without 
regard to whether or not final regulations to carry out such amendments 
have been promulgated by such date.
    (2) In the case of a State plan for medical assistance under title 
XIX of the Social Security Act which the Secretary of Health and Human 
Services determines requires State legislation (other than legislation 
appropriating funds) in order for the plan to meet the additional 
requirements imposed by the amendments made by this section, the State 
plan shall not be regarded as failing to comply with the requirements 
of such title solely on the basis of its failure to meet these 
additional requirements before the first day of the first calendar 
quarter beginning after the close of the first regular session of the 
State legislature that begins after the date of the enactment of this 
Act. For purposes of the previous sentence, in the case of a State that 
has a 2-year legislative session, each year of such session shall be 
deemed to be a separate regular session of the State legislature.

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