|Passed by the House April 20, 2009|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 23, 2009
President of the Senate
I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 2349 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||61st Legislature||2009 Regular Session|
AN ACT Relating to disproportionate share hospital adjustments; and amending RCW 74.09.730.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 74.09.730 and 1991 sp.s. c 9 s 8 are each amended to
read as follows:
In establishing Title XIX payments for inpatient hospital services:
(1) To the extent funds are appropriated specifically for this purpose, and subject to any conditions placed on appropriations made for this purpose, the department of social and health services shall provide a disproportionate share hospital adjustment considering the following components:
(a) A low-income care component based on a hospital's medicaid utilization rate, its low-income utilization rate, its provision of obstetric services, and other factors authorized by federal law;
(b) A medical indigency care component based on a hospital's services to persons who are medically indigent; and
(c) A state-only component, to be paid from available state funds to hospitals that do not qualify for federal payments under (b) of this subsection, based on a hospital's services to persons who are medically indigent;
(2) The payment methodology for disproportionate share hospitals shall be specified by the department in regulation.