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Introduced in Senate (02/27/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 585


To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide the same level of Federal matching assistance for every State that chooses to expand Medicaid coverage to newly eligible individuals, regardless of when such expansion takes place.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 27, 2019

Mr. Warner (for himself, Mr. Jones, Mr. Kaine, Ms. Baldwin, Mr. Carper, Mr. Coons, Mr. King, Mr. Peters, and Ms. Stabenow) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide the same level of Federal matching assistance for every State that chooses to expand Medicaid coverage to newly eligible individuals, regardless of when such expansion takes place.

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

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “States Achieve Medicaid Expansion Act of 2019” or the “SAME Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Increased FMAP for medical assistance to newly eligible individuals.

(a) In general.—Section 1905 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d) is amended—

(1) in subsection (y)(1)—

(A) in subparagraph (A), by striking “2014, 2015, and 2016” and inserting “each of the first 3 consecutive 12-month periods in which the State provides medical assistance to newly eligible individuals”;

(B) in subparagraph (B), by striking “2017” and inserting “the fourth consecutive 12-month period in which the State provides medical assistance to newly eligible individuals”;

(C) in subparagraph (C), by striking “2018 ” and inserting “the fifth consecutive 12-month period in which the State provides medical assistance to newly eligible individuals”;

(D) in subparagraph (D), by striking “2019” and inserting “the sixth consecutive 12-month period in which the State provides medical assistance to newly eligible individuals”; and

(E) in subparagraph (E), by striking “2020 and each year thereafter” and inserting “the seventh consecutive 12-month period in which the State provides medical assistance to newly eligible individuals and each such period thereafter”; and

(2) in subsection (z)(2)(B)(i)(II), by inserting “(as in effect on the day before the enactment of the States Achieve Medicaid Expansion Act of 2019)” after “subsection (y)(1)”.

(b) Retroactive application.—The amendments made by subsection (a)(1) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of Public Law 111–148 and shall apply to amounts expended by any State for medical assistance for newly eligible individuals described in subclause (VIII) of section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i) of the Social Security Act under a State Medicaid plan (or a waiver of such plan) during the period before the date of enactment of this Act.