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 Legislative Update

Legislative Update

14-Feb-2017 At the halfway point of the 2017 General Assembly session, restoration of some of the funding cut from brain injury services in 2016 looks promising.   The full amount of the cuts, $375,000, was included in the Governor McAuliffe’s proposed budget for 2018.   Additionally, the House and Senate have both included returning some of the funds this year as part of their budget packages.   The House version restores the full amount; the Senate version restores only $75,000. Obviously, we like the House version better!  Our hopes for additional funding were dashed for this year, as was budget language that would have required a multi-agency implementation team to improve brain injury data collection and analysis and develop funding strategies for a full continuum of brain injury care in Virginia.   The Senate budget contains an amendment that would require cost sharing for Medicaid long term supports and services; families of Virginians with disabilities provide billions of dollars of care at no cost to the Commonwealth, and this proposal would hurt thousands of them

The final amount will be decided by the Budget Conferees (click here for a list of Conferees); please contact them and let him or her know: 

We  SUPPORT Item # 332 #3h  - to restore $375,000 from the general fund for brain injury services
We OPPOSE Item 306 #14s  - which calls for the Department of Medical Assistance Services to develop a plan for cost-sharing requirements based on family income for individuals eligible for long-term services and supports

Stay tuned for the list of conferees and for other developing updates.

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