FISCAL NOTE

Date Requested: January 26, 2016
Time Requested: 04:37 PM
Agency: Health and Human Resources, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
1144 Introduced HB4280
CBD Subject: Public Safety


FUND(S):



Sources of Revenue:

Other Fund NA

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund



Fiscal Note Summary


Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


    The purpose of this bill is to permit persons who are twenty-one years of age or older to operate or be a passenger on a motorcycle without a helmet.
    
    The Department does not estimate a fiscal impact related to this bill as it does not impact covered Medicaid benefits or eligibility.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2016
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2017
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    



Memorandum


    The proposed legislation does not impact covered Medicaid benefits or eligibility. However it is possible that circumstances could occur as a result of individuals choosing not to wear helmets that could potentially in certain situations increase Medicaid costs. For example a Medicaid member may choose not to wear a helmet and may sustain an injury due to not wearing a helmet, and if so that member's resulting medical claims would increase the Medicaid expenditures for the difference in injuries sustained vs. potentially lesser injuries if the member had chosen to wear a helmet. Another example is the possibility that an individual not eligible for Medicaid could sustain injuries significant enough to result in loss of income that would render that individual becoming eligible for Medicaid, at which point the Medicaid program costs would have increased as a result of this change in safety equipment requirements. There is not data available to predict whether those circumstances would occur or related costs, if any, and in the event they did occur there are not data reporting systems in place to determine costs specifically related to whether or not medical costs were due to this type of accident or whether or not a member was using safety equipment.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Karen L. Bowling
    Email Address: dhhrbudgetoffice@wv.gov