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February 15, 2013

Posted: February 15, 2013

Governor Hassan Presented her Budget:

Governor’s Budget:

On Thursday Governor Hassan presented her proposed state budget to the Legislature. It is important to note that with the release of the Governor’s budget the second phase of a nearly yearlong process is now completed.

The State Budget, A 5 Step Process: (See below) NH Budget Timelines 2013 and the attachment from the LBA

  1. State Agency (DHHS) Phase (August 2012-October/Fall of 2012)
  2. Governor’s Phase (November-February 14th)
  3. House Phase (February-April)
  4. Senate Phase (April-May)
  5. Committee of Conference Phase (June)

Starting Point & Recommendation: The Governor’s budget is a her recommendation to the Legislature. The Legislature will change the budget. Governor Hassan said to the Legislature in her budget address: “I am ready to work with you to develop a final budget plan.”

What do the Budget Numbers Really Mean to People and Programs? It is critical to keep in mind that the specific impacts of any changes to the State budget may not be fully known for months. For example, cuts to the Family Support Program were made public in February of 2011, however, the specific impacts were not identified until nearly a year later.

When are the Public Hearings? HB 1 (budget) is like any other piece of legislation in NH, it MUST have a public hearing. The House Finance committee will conduct public hearings in the following communities over the next several weeks: Whitefield, Nashua, Rochester and Claremont and Concord. The exact dates and times are unknown at this point.

What is House Bill 2? HB 2 is the “trailer bill” and it contains the policy changes implementing the state budget. This bill has not been released.

Medicaid managed care? The Governor said she recommends the state continue to implement Medicaid managed care. There was no mention specifically of Step 2. In addition, Hassan said she will soon be naming a Commission to review the entire program.

Medicaid Expansion? The Governor’s budget assumes Medicaid expansion will move forward in NH in January 2014.

Below are Budget highlights of Interest to Developmental Services

Based on CSNI’s preliminary reading of the Governor’s Budget it appears that the following items are contained in Governor Hassan’s Budget:

Current Services: All currently funded services are continued.

Rate Increase for Developmental Services: The Governor did not include the DHHS recommended rate increases.

DD/ABD Waitlists: Both of the adult waiver waitlists are fully funded. Governor Hassan said in her budget address: “This budget fully funds the waitlists for services for people with acquired brain disorders and developmental disabilities.”

In-Home Support Waiver: There is an increase in funding from current levels and it appears the cuts of the previous two years are reversed.

Family Support: There is an increase in funding from current levels and it appears the cuts of the previous two years are reversed.

Others Programs: We are continuing to examine Early Intervention and other BDS programs.

Governor Hassan’s budget message:

http://www.governor.nh.gov/media/speeches/budget-address-2013.htm

Proposed Budget:

http://admin.state.nh.us/budget/

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