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Joint Finance Wraps Up Budget Work

Friday, September 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Forbes McIntosh
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Assembly, Senate to Vote on Budget Bill Next Week

The state Senate and Assembly are poised to meet next week to vote on the 2017-19 biennial state budget, following final passage by the legislature's Joint Finance Committee (JFC) this week. The JFC met Tuesday and Wednesday to complete voting on the provisions in budget bill. 

Although most of the final budget items voted on this week had to do with taxes and transportation, there were a few health-care provisions in the final wrap-up motion introduced Wednesday night. They include:
  • Birth defect prevention and surveillance system. Modify some program provisions relating to the release of names of children being treated for birth defects and reporting requirements.
  • Medical Assistance coverage of complex rehabilitation technology. Incorporate the provisions of Assembly Bill 462and Senate Bill 381 into the budget bill - to establish complex rehabilitation technology as an MA benefit.

Click here to see the final wrap-up motion language that was adopted by a partisan 12-4 vote on Wednesday night.

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