The Assembly and Senate released their budget responses to the Governor’s budget proposal - known as one house bills – on Monday, March 13. CHCANYS is still reviewing the bills and will provide a more detailed summary soon; in the meantime, please note the following hightlights:
Indigent Care Funding Neither the Assembly nor the Senate included the additional $20M for indigent care funding in their one house bill. Since the funding is not included in any version of the budget proposals, it will be very difficult to secure its inclusion in the final version of the budget.
Health Care Facility Transformation Fund The Assembly increased the funding for the Health Care Facility Transformation Fund to $700M (up from the $500M proposed by the Governor) and increased the set-aside for community-based providers to $125M. The Senate increased the funding for the Health Care Facility Transformation Fund to $800M but did not set aside any funds for community-based providers, nor did they include any of the language included in the Governor’s proposal outlining how the funds are to be appropriated. We expect that the total amount of funds and how they are distributed will be subject of negotiation in the coming days.
School-Based Health Centers Both the Senate and the Assembly rejected the Governor’s proposal to pool funding for many public health programs, including school-based health centers, and restored the funding to line items. The Assembly included language to maintain the carve-out from managed care for school-based health centers.
Click below to view matrices prepared by Brown & Weinraub, PLLC: