ASSEMBLY, No. 3440

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED OCTOBER 25, 2010

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† HERB CONAWAY, JR.

District 7 (Burlington and Camden)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Chivukula

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires use of biometric technology to verify coverage under Medicaid program.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act requiring the use of biometric technology in the Medicaid program and supplementing P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-1 et seq.).

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a. (1) The Commissioner of Human Services shall implement the use of biometric technology, as provided in this act, to authenticate the identity of individuals and verify coverage for purposes of the Medicaid program established pursuant to P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-1 et seq.), to the greatest extent practicable and as permitted by federal law, and shall incorporate this data into the Medicaid recipient database that is maintained by the program and utilize this information for the purposes of the program.

†††† (2)†† The commissioner shall select the specific form of biometric technology to be utilized pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection, and the manner of its application, that the commissioner determines to be most cost-effective and efficient to ensure the integrity of the Medicaid program and accomplish the purposes of this act; except that the biometric technology to be utilized shall be designed to identify a physical trait or characteristic that is constant throughout an individualís life.

†††† b.††† The commissioner shall ensure that the data obtained pursuant to subsection a. of this section is maintained in a confidential manner and is utilized solely for the purposes of the Medicaid program.

 

†††† 2.††† The commissioner shall report to the Governor, and to the Legislature pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), no later than one year after the effective date of this act, on the implementation of the provisions of section 1 of this act, and shall include, at a minimum, in that report:

†††† a.†††† a detailed explanation of how the use of biometric technology was implemented;

†††† b.††† the number of persons with respect to whom biometric technology has been utilized for the purposes of this act;

†††† c.†††† the costs, both incurred to date and projected, of implementing the provisions of this act;

†††† d.††† an explanation of why any category of individuals was excluded from the use of biometric technology;

†††† e.†††† a detailed explanation of any significant technical, logistical, or administrative difficulties encountered in the use of biometric technology for the purposes of this act;

†††† f.†††† a detailed explanation of how the data obtained from the use of biometric technology is being maintained and utilized; and

†††† g.†††† any recommendations that the commissioner desires to make concerning the use of biometric technology for the purposes of the Medicaid program.

†††† 3.††† This act shall take effect on the first day of the seventh month following the date of enactment, but the Commissioner of Human Services may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance thereof as shall be necessary for the implementation of this act.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill requires the Commissioner of Human Services to implement the use of biometric technology in order to detect fraud and abuse in the Medicaid program.† The purpose of this bill is to ensure that Medicaid benefits are provided only to those persons who are eligible for the program, while protecting the confidentiality of all individually identifiable data obtained under the bill.

†††† The bill provides specifically as follows:

   The commissioner is directed to implement the use of biometric technology, as provided in the bill, to authenticate the identity of individuals and verify coverage for purposes of the Medicaid program, to the greatest extent practicable and as permitted by federal law, and to incorporate this data into the Medicaid recipient database that is maintained by the program and utilize this information for the purposes of the program.

   The commissioner is to select the specific form of biometric technology to be utilized, and the manner of its application, that the commissioner determines to be most cost-effective and efficient to ensure the integrity of the Medicaid program and accomplish the purposes of the bill; except that the biometric technology to be utilized is to be designed to identify a physical trait or characteristic that is constant throughout an individualís life.

   The commissioner is to ensure that the data obtained pursuant to this bill is maintained in a confidential manner and is utilized solely for the purposes of the Medicaid program.

   The commissioner is to report to the Governor and the Legislature, no later than one year after the effective date of the bill, on the implementation of its provisions, and is to include, at a minimum, in that report:

†††† -- a detailed explanation of how the use of biometric technology was implemented;

†††† -- the number of persons with respect to whom biometric technology has been utilized for the purposes of the bill;

†††† -- the costs, both incurred to date and projected, of implementing the provisions of the bill;

†††† -- an explanation of why any category of individuals was excluded from the use of biometric technology;

†††† -- a detailed explanation of any significant technical, logistical, or administrative difficulties encountered in the use of biometric technology for the purposes of the bill;

†††† -- a detailed explanation of how the data obtained from the use of biometric technology is being maintained and utilized; and

†††† -- any recommendations that the commissioner desires to make concerning the use of biometric technology for the purposes of the Medicaid program.

   The bill takes effect on the first day of the seventh month after enactment, but authorizes the commissioner to take anticipatory administrative action in advance as necessary for its implementation.