The New York State FY 2017-18 budget was enacted on Sunday, April 9th, after the Governor and Legislature came to agreement on several outstanding issues. The final budget bill includes $54.4M in indigent care funding and $500M in Health Care Facility Transformation Funding (HCFTF), a minimum of $75M of which has been earmarked for community-based providers—twice as much as was first proposed in the Governor’s Budget proposal. The budget language specifies that:
Awards from the first round of Transformation Funding will be announced by May 1, 2017;
Up to $300M of the $500M HCFTF will be used to fund those applicants that did not receive an award in the first round of funding;
A new RFA for the remaining funds will drafted and reflect “legislative, community and stakeholder input.”
Thanks so much to all of you who participated in Advocacy Day, met with your legislators, and took action to urge the State to support the needs of community-based providers. The increase in HCFTF funding available for health centers and other community-based providers is a direct reflection of your hard work and commitment. Click here for a summary of health-related highlights prepared by Brown & Weinraub, PLLC. The final appropriations matrix is available here, and the final HMH Article VII matrix is available here.