Subject to the provisions of appropriations acts, the secretary for aging and disability
services shall increase nursing facility reimbursement rates. The secretary for aging and disability services shall implement a base-year model
of reimbursement for nursing facilities. For fiscal year 2008, the information from cost reports for calendar years 2003,
2004 and 2005 shall be averaged together to be used to calculate the base year. For fiscal year 2009 and each fiscal year thereafter, the information from the cost
reports for the three most recent calendar years preceding the beginning of the fiscal
year shall be averaged together to be used to calculate the base year. The secretary for aging and disability services shall not apply the 85% rule regarding
number of beds filled for nursing facilities with 60 licensed beds or less to determine
nursing facility reimbursement rates.
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