Despite the blizzard that shut down the State Capitol, the State Budget process moved forward rapidly last week. On Monday night, both the Senate and Assembly introduced their respective one-house Budget proposals, and on Wednesday both houses passed Budget resolutions supporting these bills.
The Budget bills in both Houses addressed HCP’s top priorities and included a number of new proposals related to home care. HCP reviewed the one-house Budget proposals and convened the HCP Public Policy Committee on Thursday to review several of the new proposals, including those related to high needs rate cells, consumer directed personal assistance services (CDPAS), and community paramedicine.
With only two weeks remaining before the April 1 Budget deadline, HCP Public Policy staff, along with retained lobbyists Reid, McNally & Savage (RMS), will be aggressively advocating to ensure that the Association’s priorities are addressed in the final State Budget agreement. HCP and RMS will continue to meet with the Senate and Assembly Health Committee Chairs, key legislative staff, and the Cuomo Administration to advance HCP’s positions on the various Budget proposals.
Read the full article in the March 17, 2017 issue of the HCP Insider.