Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Dispatch from Jones St: House Budget Update This Evening

Last night at 11:00 the House Appropriations committee passed it\'s version of the budget with out new revenue. Earlier in the evening the Finance Committee passed a revenue package with slightly less than 800 million dollars in tax increases.

Today the Appropriations subcommittee restored some of the worst cuts in MHDDSA and Medicaid but know it doesn’t go far enough. Your calls are still important for the House process. Please keep them coming. The legislative process still has a long way to go including a conference with the Senate so although this is not the outcome we want we are making progress. Our voice is the only thing that will change this. Look for updates on the budget and actions needed. If you have questions please feel free to call the office 800-662-8706 and ask to speak with Dave, Ellen or Linda. Keep up the good work.

Wednesday June 10, 2009 4:00pm

Some good news. But a long way to go. Here is what was voted on in the House today.

LME System Management Funds 4M Restored
CAP MR DD State Supplement 8M Restored
MHDDSA State Funded Services full 50M Restored
Provider Rate Cuts was 5.5 percent cut now 3.3 percent cut
Voc Rehab Case Services fully Restored
Voc Rehab Funds for Independent Living fully Restored
PT and OT and Speech and Medicaid Funding fully Restored
Orthotics and Prosthetics Coverage fully Restored
Adult Optical fully Restored
Dental and Medicaid Coverage fully Restored
Dental Policy Adjustments !

fully Restored
In Home Personal Care was cut 49M now 34M cut

Restored for Fiscal Year 09, 2010 355,000,000
Restored for Fiscal Year 10, 2011 416,000,000

At Risk Student Services Fully Restored
Low Wealth Supplemental Funding Fully Restored
Instructional Support Fully Restored
K to 3 Class Size Restored to 08 09 school yr level

The Finance Committee will continue to work on the Revenue package, so keep on Making Calls.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What about the other critical MH/DD/SAS services? Are these the only services that will be restored?