8.There is established the Health Care Subsidy Fund in the Department of Health.
a.The fund shall be comprised of revenues from employee and employer contributions made pursuant to section 29 of P.L.1992, c.160 (C.43:21-7b), revenues from the hospital assessment made pursuant to section 12 of P.L.1992, c.160 (C.26:2H-18.62), revenues pursuant to section 11 of P.L.1996, c.28 (C.26:2H-18.58c), revenues from interest and penalties collected pursuant to this act and revenues from other sources as the Legislature shall determine. Interest earned on the monies in the fund shall be credited to the fund. The fund shall be a nonlapsing fund dedicated for use by the State to: (1) distribute charity care and other uncompensated care disproportionate share payments to hospitals, and other eligible providers pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1996, c.28 (C.26:2H-18.59f), provide subsidies for the Health Access New Jersey program established pursuant to section 15 of P.L.1992, c.160 (C.26:2H-18.65), and provide funding for children's health care coverage in the NJ FamilyCare Program pursuant to P.L.2005, c.156 (C.30:4J-8 et al.); (2) provide funding for federally qualified health centers pursuant to section 12 of P.L.1992, c.160 (C.26:2H-18.62); and (3) provide for the payment in State fiscal year 2002 of appropriate Medicaid expenses, subject to the approval of the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting.
b.The fund shall be administered by a person appointed by the commissioner.
The administrator of the fund is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the collection and reimbursement of fund monies. The administrator is responsible for promptly informing the commissioner if monies are not or are not reasonably expected to be collected or disbursed.
c.The commissioner shall adopt rules and regulations to ensure the integrity of the fund, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.).
d.The administrator shall establish separate accounts for the charity care component of the disproportionate share hospital subsidy, other uncompensated care component of the disproportionate share hospital subsidy, federally qualified health centers funding, and the payments for subsidies for insurance premiums to provide care in disproportionate share hospitals, known as the Health Access New Jersey subsidy account, respectively.
e.In the event that the charity care component of the disproportionate share hospital subsidy account has a surplus in a given year after payments are distributed pursuant to the methodology established in section 13 of P.L.1995, c.133 (C.26:2H-18.59b) and section 7 of P.L.1996, c.28 (C.26:2H-18.59e) and within the limitations provided in subsection e. of section 9 of P.L.1992, c.160 (C.26:2H-18.59), the surplus monies in calendar years 2002, 2003 and 2004 shall lapse to the unemployment compensation fund established pursuant to R.S.43:21-9, and each year thereafter shall lapse to the charity care component of the disproportionate share hospital subsidy account for distribution in subsequent years.
L.1992, c.160, s.8; amended 1995, c.133, s.4; 1996, c.28, ss.3,12; 1997, c.263, s.2; 1998, c.37, s.1; 2002, c.13, s.1; 2003, c. 107, s.1; 2005, c.237, s.1; 2012, c.17, s.223.