(a) As used in this section:
(1) “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Social Services;
(2) “Eligible individual” means “PACE program eligible individual”, as defined in Subtitle I of Public Law 105-33 , as amended from time to time, 1 or in a waiver application approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services;
(3) “PACE program” means “PACE program”, as defined in Subtitle I of Public Law 105-33 , as amended from time to time, and includes a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly;
(4) “PACE program agreement” means “PACE program agreement”, as defined in Subtitle I of Public Law 105-33 , as amended from time to time;
(5) “PACE provider” means “PACE provider”, as defined in Subtitle I of Public Law 105-33 , as amended from time to time;
(6) “Secretary” means the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services;
(7) “State administering agency” means “state administering agency”, as defined in Subtitle I of Public Law 105-33 , as amended from time to time.
(b) Not later than July 1, 1998, the commissioner shall establish a pilot program in which PACE providers deliver PACE program services to eligible individuals in this state pursuant to a PACE program agreement. Under said program, the commissioner, in consultation with the Insurance Commissioner, may initially enter into contracts with integrated service networks which have successfully completed a feasibility study, in conjunction with a PACE technical assistance center, for the provision of PACE program services.
(c) The Department of Social Services shall be the state administering agency for the state of Connecticut responsible for administering PACE program agreements in this state. The department, upon request, shall assist the secretary in establishing procedures for entering into, extending and terminating PACE program agreements for the operation of PACE programs by PACE providers in this state.
(d) The commissioner shall provide medical assistance under this section for PACE program services to eligible individuals who are eligible for medical assistance in this state and enrolled in a PACE program under a PACE program agreement. The commissioner shall seek any waiver from federal law necessary to permit federal participation for Medicaid expenditures for PACE programs in this state.
(e) The commissioner may adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 2 to implement the provisions of this section.
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