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CT State Savings on the Back of the U.S. Tax Payer - $437k in Additional Care Costs

The State of CT is increasing the cost of care by $437k annually for inmates and mental health patients in an effort to receive federal Medicaid reimbursement.

According to the iCare State proposal, the average cost of care per patient per day provided by the State of CT for inmates and patients from the department of mental health is"$314.90"

iCare has proposed the following estimated costs per patient "$327.51 per patient day Medicaid rate paid through the nursing home". 

This represents a twelve dollar increase in the cost of care per patient per day. This cost increase amounts to an additional $437,252 dollars per year for inmate and mental health care with no additional benefit to the tax payer.

This cost does NOT include the rent reimbursement for the cost of the nursing home that iCare will receive from the State or the added cost of transportation to the nursing home from CT State prisons.

The State of CT has accepted this proposal. While the cost is increased, the State will receive 50% reimbursement from the Medicaid program.

Quotes from iCare's proposal.

"Our proposal will reduce the ultimate cost of care to 163.76 per patient day after the State's collection of Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) match. Based on the population this will save the State of Connecituct $5.25 per annum."

"DSS would agree to provide fair rent for 100% of the reasonable acquisition and renovation cost of a nursing home that meets the requirements of this RFP.”

http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/lib/dmhas/publications/ICare-proposal.pdf

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Jesse Colucci February 27, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Correction, the 327.51 does include rent. Transportation is not included however.

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