More Calls Needed!
June 2, 2009
If you called yesterday, call again today!
Budget Update 6/2/09
Today in the HHS budget subcommittee meeting, the Chairs proposed an additional 250 million dollars in cuts to meet the fiscal targets. The cuts were in two primary areas adding an additional 1.5% cut in rates for Medicaid providers and a 10 million dollar cut in Personal Care in Group Homes and rest homes. They also eliminate Medicaid funding for PT, OT and Speech therapy. These cuts continue the trend of cutting services to NC citizens and driving our state further into recession. Despite these additional cuts, we do know your calls are having an impact. In today’s meeting, several legislators did state they could not vote for a budget with this degree of cuts.
We need you to continue the calls that you are making to the leadership! For them the message that a tax increase is preferable to these cuts is critical.
For those of you who have a legislator on the HHS appropriations Subcommittee, we need to have calls to these members asking them to vote against these proposals and support a tax increase to offset these cuts! The members of the committee are listed below. These folks need calls from their community!
On Thursday the committee is scheduled to vote. It would be great if we had the room full of families and people with disabilities. If the committee is to vote yes on this, they need to see the people they will affect. The committee is scheduled to meet after session which we think will be around mid-day.
Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
Representative Verla Insko-Orange County
Representative Beverly Earle-Mecklenburg County
Representative Bob England-Rutherford County
Representative Jeff Barnhart-Cabarrus County
Representative William D. Brisson-Bladen and Cumberland County
Representative Justin Burr – Stanly County
Representative Pearl Burris-Floyd –Gaston County
Representative Nelson Dollar – Wake County
Representative Wil Neumann – Gaston County
Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield-Wilson County
Representative Randy Stewart