Special E-Issue #1
Issue 101, 4/20/2018
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SESSION GOES INTO OVERTIME
As you have read, the House/Senate/Governor have not been able to agree on tax cuts. The Governor has cancelled a work trip so she can meet with legislative leaders through the weekend if necessary to get an agreement. Of course, budgets are on hold until the tax decision is made, but leaders on both sides didn't want to wait. The House and Senate have set their own budget targets, built around each of their tax plans. Here is a comparison of those targets.
Every year, the House and Senate alternate which chamber starts each budget bill. This year, the House starts six of the ten budget bills, all built around the House targets, and all but one (standings) ready for floor debate. They are:
- Agriculture/Natural Resources (HF 2491)
- Justice Systems (HF 2492)
- Economic Development (HF 2493)
- Transportation (HF 2494)
- Judiciary (HF 2495)
- Standings (HSB 690)
- Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) Requirements: The House wants language that outlines certain expectations for Medicaid MCOs, similar to what is in HF 2483. Included in this list is a requirement that DHS approve and have final say in the level of care assessments, and requires MCOs follow these decisions. It also says that if the level of care assessment finds no change, then services are to remain the same (so the MCO cannot eliminate or reduce services if there has been no change in the assessment).
- Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) Tiered Rates Funding: Last fall, DHS moved forward in implementing tiered rates for HCBS providers. Legislation required they do this in a way that didn’t increase budgets, so 1/3 of the providers saw an increase in these bundled rates, while 1/3 saw a decrease in funding. The remaining 1/3 saw no change in funding. It was clear that the funding was not enough to maintain services, so legislators are considering an increase to help with those tiered rates.
- Rep. Dan Huseman - firstname.lastname@example.org; (515) 281-3221
- Rep. Dennis Cohoon - email@example.com; (515) 281-3221
- Senator Craig Johnson - firstname.lastname@example.org; (515) 281-3371
- Senator Matt McCoy - email@example.com; (515) 281-3371
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