Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Funding for Medicaid!

House Bill 10 was passed out of the house appropriations committee by a unanimous vote. The bill provides for the emergency supplemental appropriations to the Health and Human Services  Commission and the Department of Aging and Disability Services for providing acute and long-term services, respectively,  under Medicaid. It also provides for the emergency supplemental appropriation of funds to the Health and Human Services Commission for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The bill will utilize funds from the General Revenue Fund, the General Revenue account for Tobacco Settlement, and anticipated Federal Funds.

House Bill 10 restores funding that was reduced by the budget cuts that occurred during the 82nd legislative session. Those cuts left Medicaid underfunded and it is important that we pass legislation to fully fund this vital program. I encourage you to follow this bill as it progresses through the legislative process.     

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