8. a. Notwithstanding any other provision of this act to the contrary, if the State, or any of its officials, agents or employees, fails to comply with the mechanism for distributing monies from the fund as set forth in section 6 of this act, or if the State does not demonstrate continued maintenance of effort for the level of State funding of nursing home reimbursement provided in fiscal year 2003:
(1)the assessment provided for in section 5 of this act shall become void, no further assessment shall be collected and all funds collected to date shall be returned to nursing homes in proportion to the amounts of assessments paid by them under the provisions of this act; and
(2)thereafter, no penalty, fine or fee shall be imposed upon, or other punitive measure taken against, a nursing home that fails to pay an assessment.
b.If federal law is altered to prohibit the use of provider assessments to generate a matching amount of federal Medicaid funds as provided for in this act, the provisions of this act shall become inoperative and void upon the effective date of that prohibition.
c.Notwithstanding any other provision of this act to the contrary, the assessments imposed by section 5 of this act shall not be imposed or collected and the authorized expenditures shall not be made until the State has obtained federal approval of any related State plan amendment and verified the availability of federal financial participation for the New Jersey Medicaid expenditure funded in whole or in part by revenues collected in accordance with section 5 of this act from the assessments.